Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble: "A German Renaissance Roadshow"

Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble

Nicole Baker, Artistic Director
Rick Dechance, Associate Director

Tyler Azelton, Stephen Baker, Carol Binion, Irene Cowley, Deborah Dowling, Meredith Freeman, Sandy Galin, Jeff Greif, Jeff Hindman, Theodore Hovey, Elizabeth Laughton, Phoebe Liebig, Steve Padilla, Jeanie Riddell, Rebecca Russell, John Schroeder, Misha Schutt, Sheila Shahbazi, George Sterne, David Michael Trevino, Mary Jo Wiedey

with special guests
Commercium Musicum

John L. Robinson, Founder & Executive Director
Adam Gilberti & Andrea Vancura, Artistic Directors

Adam Gilberti, bass shawm, great bass shawm
Evan Hesketh, baroque violin, baroque viola
Farrah O'Shea, baroque violin, baroque viola
John L. Robinson, tenor dulcian, bass dulcian
Chris Routh, tenor sackbut, bass sackbut
Andrea Vancura, alto sackbut, tenor sackbut
C. Victor Wylie, digital positive organ

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 7 p.m.
Drinkward Recital Hall

A group shot of Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble inside a cathedral with stained glasses in the back. All members, dressed similarly, stand and face the camera.
Members of Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble. Photo courtesy of Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble.


Passameze pour les cornetz (CCLXXXVIII)
   from Terpsichore, Musarum Aoniarum (1612)
François Caroubel
arr. Michael Praetorius

Das Geläut zu Speyer
Ludwig Senfl

Verbum caro factum est
Hans Leo Hassler

Ach, Herr, du Schöpfer aller Ding
Heinrich Schütz

Confirma hoc, Deus
Gregor Aichinger

Nun fanget an ein guts Liedlein

Veni consolator optime
Urban Loth

Hosianna dem Sohn David
Johann Hermann Schein

Das alte Jahr vergangen ist à 8
Sethus Calvisius


Heinrich Isaac

Beati omnes qui timent

Oculi omnium in te sperante, Domine

In nomine Jesu
De coelo veniet
Vae nobis
Dicunt infantes
Jacob Handl

Cantate Domino à 4

Nun schein, du Glanz der Herrlichkeit
Leonhard Lechner

O admirabile commercium
Thomas Stoltzer

Surrexit Christus Hodie
Samuel Scheidt

Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir à 3
Michael Praetorius

Veni in hortum meum à 8
Jacob Praetorius II

Benedicam Dominum
Heironymus Praetorius

Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble is a Los Angeles-based vocal ensemble dedicated to presenting early music concerts that entertain, educate, and inspire local communities. Under the artistic direction of Dr. Nicole Baker, Jouyssance performs an annual series of three concert programs in West LA and Pasadena, featuring medieval and Renaissance works both familiar and rare. In addition to its regular season, Jouyssance hosts an annual Early Music Singalong and performs outreach concerts at venues across the region, including The Broad Museum and The Muckenthaler Center. The Ensemble has released three CDs including, most recently, "Cantiga: An Early Music Tour of Iberia." The next performance will be a musical exploration of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales on June 8 & 9. For more information: or social media @jouyssance.

Nicole Baker has served on the music history and voice faculties of California State University, Fullerton, since 1997. Dr. Baker earned her MFA in vocal performance and her Ph.D. in music history from UCLA. She has conducted choruses for 25 years throughout Southern California, including ensembles at California State University, Northridge, and has led Jouyssance since 1999. She also serves as Music Director at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Pasadena.

Commercium Musicum traces its origins to 2017, when participants in the Early Music Ensemble at UCLA started a trio – sackbut (ancestor of the trombone), dulcian (ancestor of the bassoon) and bass shawm (Renaissance double-reed) – to explore Renaissance and early Baroque literature for low wind instruments. In early 2019, the trio expanded to a septet, adding a second sackbut, Baroque violins and violas, and a digital positive organ, to perform on this concert with Jouyssance. The group, led by John Robinson (dulcians), Dr. Adam Gilberti (bass and great bass shawms), and Andrea Vancura (sackbuts), has garnered interest from musical organizations in Southern California interested in historically-informed performances of Renaissance and early Baroque music using voices and period instruments.

Jouyssance and Commercium Musicum would like to thank Lauren Weintraub Stoebel, Jouyssance Administrative Director; Julia Hong and Bill Alves at Harvey Mudd College; Pauline Yoshihashi for publicity; Jennifer Jurick for graphic design; and George Sterne for library management.  Many thanks to Tom Axworthy for the generous use of his great bass shawm for this performance and to Fred Gable for his editions of “Benedicam Dominum” (Praetorius, Hieronymus) and “Veni in hortum meum à 8” (Praetorius, Jacob, II).   Jouyssance is supported in part by The Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by our generous audience members.


Verbum caro factum est

And the Word was made flesh,
and dwelt among us,
and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,
full of grace and truth.

Ach Herr! Du Schöpfer aller Ding

Ah Lord, who hast created all,
How hast Thou made Thee weak and small,
That Thou must choose Thy infant bed
Where ass and ox but lately fed!

Confirma hoc, Deus

Establish the thing,
O God, that thou hast wrought in us,
For thy temple's sake at Jerusalem
so shall kings bring presents unto thee.

Nun fanget an ein Gut’s Liedlein

Come, let us sing a joyful song,
let instruments and lutes also resound.

Sweetly make music,
intended forever to be made,
the drum beats and sings,
that all's heard,
help us decorate our feast.

Hosianna dem Sohne David!

Hosanna to the son of David!
Praised be he who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna!
Hosanna in the highest!

Das alte Jahr vergangen ist

The old year now hath passed away;
We thank Thee, O our God, today
That Thou hast kept us through the year
When danger and distress were near.

We pray Thee, O eternal Son,
Who with the Father reign’st as One,
To guard and rule Thy Christendom
Through all the ages yet to come.

Innsbruck, ich muß dich lassen

Innsbruck, I must leave you
For I am traveling the road
to a foreign land.
(There,) deprived of my joy
and knowing not how to get it back,
I will be in misery.

I am burdened with great sorrow
which I can shed only
through the one dearest to me.
O my love, leave me not bereft
of compassion in your heart
that I must part from you.

My comfort above all other women,
I remain yours forever,
always faithful, in true honor.
And now, may God protect you,
safe in virtue,
till I return.

Beati omnes qui timent

Blessed are all they that fear the Lord
and walk in his ways.
For thou shalt eat the labours of thine hands
O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.
Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine
upon the walls of thine house.
Thy children like the olive-branches
round about thy table.
Lo, thus shall the man be blessed
that feareth the Lord.
The Lord from out of Sion shall so bless thee
that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity
all thy life long.
Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children
and peace upon Israel.

Oculi omnium

The eyes of all wait upon thee, [O Lord]
and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Thou openest thine hand,
and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come;
thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Lord God, Father almighty,
bless us, O Lord, and these [thy] gifts
which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen

Nun schein du Glanz der Herrlichkeit

Now shine, you splendor of glory,
who have been ready for us from the beginning,
shine on us, you bright sun,
that we might approach you,
and walk in the beautiful light,
in whose covenant we are baptized.
You, almighty Jesus Christ,
let none of us turn away,
for you yourself are the sun;
hold us in your hands,
and lead us out of the gloomy vale
into your kingly halls,
so that we might see you eternally.

O Admirabile Commercium

O wonderful gift:
the creator of the human race,
taking our flesh upon him,
deigns to be born of a virgin;
and, coming forth without seed of man,
bestows his Divinity upon us.

Surrexit Christus hodie

Christ is risen today
For the comfort of all people.
In this paschal joy
Bless the Lord.

Veni in hortum meum

I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;
I have mixed my myrrh with my spices.
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey;
I have drunk my wine with my milk.
Eat, friends, and drink,
and be inebriated, you who are most dear to me.

Benedicam Dominum

I will always give thanks unto the Lord
His praise shall ever be in my mouth.
My soul shall make her boast in the Lord
the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
O praise the Lord with me:
and let us magnify his Name together.

HMC is deeply grateful for the generous support that created The Ken Stevens ’61 Founding Class Concert Series.

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