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Tenores de Aterúe: Tenores de Aterúe Live at the Golden Festival Atrium Stage, Jan 14 2012

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1. Messe Vultum Tuum: Agnus Dei
This is taken from a 7th century Roman mass from Corsica. Dedicated to Mary, the mass was banned by Rome in the 11th century and not sung openly for nearly 1,000 years. The mass was recently rediscovered thanks to research undertaken by ethnomusicologist Corinne Bartolini, and came to us by way of Corsican ensemble Tempus Fugit. Today it is sung on September 12th (Feast of the Holy Name of Mary) and during Advent. The song is said to bring the image of Mary’s face to the mind when the singers’ voices attain a certain degree of purity.
O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

2. Ballu Dillu (A Sa Campagna)
From the repertoire of Tenores di Bitti. As the first Sardinian song we learned, this will always hold special meaning for us.
To the country I am going, resolute, with a content smile,
because it is a great thing to look at, and it fills me with satisfaction.
There is passion for the plants as they bloom all around.
You can smell Nature; pure and wholesome air gives you a chance to breathe.
And to listen to the robin! What a solace, its tweeting! It is their way of talking.
And you, in your heart, listen attentively, and are happy to pause,
without understanding what they're singing. You are savoring the melody.
In joy, a lone man! The diverse songs of each breed of bird
sound like a village square at dawn.
It is the best hour to listen to them, as they sing refined songs,
profound melodies, perfect hymns.
They are not subject to any criticism,
as they know only how to provide harmony.

3. Ottava Del Tre
A hymn about Christ’s suffering with particular significance placed on the number three. From the repertoire of Tenores di Oniferi.
Three Hours lasted His agony. Christ three years prayed in church.
Three nails hurt the Messiah, one in each hand and the other in His feet.
Ladies devout cried for Him, three: Magdalena, Veronica, and Mary.
Three men killed Him and three men tempted Him.
On the third day He was resurrected.

4. Muttos
From the repertoire of Tenores Goine di Nuoro. Muttos are probably the most widespread type of cantu a tenore songs. They usually have love themes or may be satirical, they are adaptable to every occasion, and they can be performed in different ways. Historically, they have also been closely associated with Sardinian tarantism and rites performed to heal people bitten by the argia - the Mediterranean black widow spider.
Two gemstones accompany your lips in one smile. Your beautiful eyes!
Bright rare pearls! All that is left to keep me company for the rest of my life
are sighs and weeps. The country is all dressed up. Everything is blooming!
My golden pearl! May they return - those joys of yesterday!
Incessantly I wait, O my heart, that may they return.
I am always awaiting you. The snow-white dove, the love for you, my beauty,
is word given. It will stay until the grave. Shy turtle dove, it is word given.
It will stay until death. The love for you, my beauty - it is this beloved rose.

5. Alleluia, No Nobis
A 7th century song for Holy Week, this comes from the repertoire of Corsican ensemble Tempus Fugit.
Alleluia! Not to us, O Lord, but to Your name give glory.
Key Words: Italy, Italian, Corsica, Corsican, Sardinia, Sardinian

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