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Three Trapped Tigers

  • Gathering Thyme 1447 4th Street San Rafael, CA 94901 (map)

Pre-Modern Music for Post-Modern Ears
Sun May 5th 3-5pm

Three Trapped Tigers perform a special concert inspired by Plants and Flowers, Birds and Beasts

The concert title comes from the delightful Morris Dance “Country Gardens” that achieved great popularity in a piano arrangement by the composer/pianist/musicologist, Percy Grainger. Grainger also did several arrangements of the tune and other traditional English dances he had collected for 2 recorders.

We will open the program with this tune followed by short fantasias “The Cricket and The Turtle Dove” by the Elizabethan composer, Thomas Morley.

The world of Elizabethan music is echoed in Tom Bickley’s setting of the tune ‘Browning or The Leaves Be Green’.

The collection Les Fleurs by the gallant composer Philbert Delavigne allows us to harvest a bouquet of French baroque dances named after flowers. His contemporary Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (1667-1737) provides us with musical portraits of A Butterfly, A Fly and a very ornate Ramages or Dawn Chorus.

The concert features Aki by the Japanese composer Ryohei Hirose who has the following to say about the work. "The Japanese title means "autumn" and the composition captures the inner landscape of autumn of Japan such as of pantheistic animism of  plants and birds, mystic dialogues, lament, meditative introspection, rich transparent air, tender love for nature, a scene of carnage, violent cry..."

The concert will also include 14th century Italian madrigals by Giovanni da Cascia and Gherardello da Firenze along with works by Erik Satie, Frans Geysen, Jacob Van Eyck and Pete Rose.

Suggested Donation: Pre-registration strongly suggested as we have limited space. $20-40 sliding scale ($20 for low income folks). No one turned away for lack of funds. Refreshments will be provided at the event.