Erasmus Summer Music 2020

The good weather over the summer provided the ideal opportunity for four sessions of private outdoor chamber music… in a very large garden. Repertoire included partsongs, madrigals, consort songs, Renaissance dance music and even a soloists-only Brandenburg 2.

Thanks to Karol Jawoski and Roger Lilley for directing the partsongs and madrigals respectively, and to our generous hosts. Some photos from the various sessions are below. We hope to explore outdoor early music further over the coming months.

Membra Jesu Nostri: Ad Cor (Buxtehude)

Movement 6 (Ad cor) from Dieterich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, performed by the Erasmus Chamber Choir and Ensemble (Director: Julian Merson; Chamber organ: Dan Tidhar). Recorded live on 8 June 2019 at St Clement’s Church, Cambridge (UK).

VI: Ad cor

Vulnerasti cor meum, soror mea, sponsa, vulnerasti cor meum.

Summi regis cor, aveto, te saluto corde laeto, te complecti me delectatet hoc meum cor affectat, ut ad te loquar, animes.

Per medullam cordis mei, peccatoris atque rei, tuus amor transferatur, quo cor tuum rapiatur languens amoris vulnere.

Viva cordis voce clamo, dulce cor, te namque amo, ad cor meum inclinare, ut se possit applicare devoto tibi pectore.

VI: To the heart

You have wounded my heart, my sister, my bride, You have wounded my heart.

Heart of the highest king, I greet You, I salute You with a joyous heart, it delights me to embrace You and my heart aspires to this: that You move me to speak to You.

Through the marrow of my heart, of a sinner and culprit, may Your love be conveyed by whom Your heart was seized, languishing through the wound of love.

I call with the living voice of the heart, sweet heart, for I love You, to incline to my heart, so that it may commit itself to you in the breast devoted to You.

[Image: detail from ‘Proserpine’, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874]