Saturday Samples – Psallite

By • May 12th, 2007 • Category: Acoustic, Australian, Music, Renaissance, Saturday Samples

Artist: Psallite
Track Name: Scaramella
Playback: mp3
Download?: Yes

We are back! To christen the new server I’ve got a fine West Australian a cappella group for you.

Psallite brings to life the sights and sounds of early Europe and beyond. This 4 part a capella ensemble, in what is now its 13th year together, will delight you with their tight harmonies and quirky arrangements of songs from the deep, distant and delectable past.

Smacking the Plumpette CD cover for the West Australian a capella group Psallite

Bill Brennan-Jones is the tenor and percussionist, Tonya Lamborn sings alto and is the conductor and musicologist, Sarah Chatfield is the soprano and Digby Hill is the bass voice.

They have three brief samples on their website from their CD called Smacking the Plumpette. The one I’ve chosen is an Italian madrigal by Renaissance composer Josquin Des Prez about somebody called Scaramella who goes to war.

Just an aside for those who might be interested, Wikipedia has a page devoted to his choral works accompanied by midi files for many of them as well as pdf scores.

is a graphic designer who used to front a band on vocals and bass. All evidence of which have mercifully been obliterated or otherwise lost.
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