« Vadam et circuibo civitatem » — Tomas Luis de Victoria / Canticum Canticorum
St Olaf's Church - Balestrand - Norway
lat.: 61.0667, long.: 6.9333
About the work
Vadam et circuibo civitatem
Vadam et circuibo civitatem per vicos et plateas.
Quaeram quem diligit anima mea, quaesivi illum et non inveni.
Adiuro vos filiae Jerusalem si inveneritis dilectum meum
ut annuntietis ei quia amore langueo.
Qualis est dilectus tuus quia sic adiurasti nos ?
Dilectus meus candidus et rubicundus electus ex milibus.
Talis est dilectus meus et est amicus meus filiae Jerusalem.
Quo abiit dilectus tuus, o pulcherrima mulierum ?
Quo declinavit et quaeremus eum tecum ?
Ascendit in palmam et apprehendit fructus eius.
I will rise and will go about the city in the streets and the broad ways.
I will seek him whom my soul loveth, I sought him and I found him not.
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved that you tell him
that I languish with love.
What manner of one is thy beloved, that thou hast so adjured us?
My beloved is white and ruddy, chosen out of thousands.
Such is my beloved, and he is my friend, O ye daughters of Jerusalem.
Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou most beautiful among women? whither is he turned aside,
and we will seek him with thee? I will go up into the palm tree, and will take hold of the fruit thereof.
About the artist
Founded in 2009, Les Voix Animées are, under the musical direction of Luc Coadou, a team of young singers specializing in a cappella group singing. Their main repertoire is the great polyphony of the Renaissance, « Stile Antico », that goes from the end of the Middle Ages to the Early Baroque. However, through different programs, Les Voix Animées also bring the skills from the past and from the present together. That is how they created some works by Karol Beffa (2012), Dimitri Tchesnokov (2013 and 2014) and Tomas Bordalejo (2015). By responding to some commissions, the ensemble sometimes allows themselves some recreational time with a repertoire in which their counterpoint serves contemporary songs. A both active and creative reflection takes form in the actions of education and mediation that Les Voix animées undertake along their seasons. Thus, the use – sometimes offbeat – of the tools of today’s world reflects the special consideration for meeting the public (cf. the web series by Les VoiZ’animées).