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Kings Of Tharsis

Medieval and Renaissance Music for Epiphany by Schola Antiqua of Chicago.

Detail from Italian renaissance painter Andrea Mantegna's Adoration of the Three Kings, 1461.

Psalm 72, attributed to Solomon, is a prayer and a prophecy about a coming kingdom that makes reference to the Kings of Tharsis, Sheba and Seba, all very distant shores.

In the Christian Bible, Epiphany, the Greek word meaning “appearance” or  “manifestation,” is the name given to the Christian feast that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being. Western Christians mark this feast with the story of the three kings who followed the star to Bethlehem bearing gold, myrrh and frankincense for the baby Jesus.

The Schola Antiqua of Chicago, under the direction of Michael Alan Anderson, released a recording of music for Epiphany entitled The Kings of Tharsis in 2011 on the CDBY label.  The CD includes plainchant, medieval and renaissance polyphony by composers as diverse ad Leonin, DuFay and Lasso, ending with three devotional villancicos by Francisco Guerrero.

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Wendy Gillespie

Wendy Gillespie is Professor of Music, teaching early bowed strings and performance studies, at the Early Music Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN and President of the VdGSA. As a viola da gamba player, she has made more than 80 CDs and performed on five continents.

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