This Endris Night

Composed by John Corina
Edited by Mitos Andaya
Series Editor: Simon Carrington
Voicing: SATB
Instrumentation: flute or recorder
Catalog number: AMP 0895
Price: $1.70

Dr. John Corina (b. 1928) taught composition, oboe, and theory at the University of Georgia, Athens, and performed with the Georgia Woodwind Quintet for twenty-five years. While there he was a full professor, served as Chairman of Theory and Composition, was a member of the graduate faculty and, in 1985, was awarded the university's teaching excellence Professorship. He has been Professor Emeritus of Music since his retirement in 1991.

As composer of over 130 works, Dr. Corina has received fourteen awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and other organizations. As an oboist, he has performed throughout North America and Europe, accepting nine invitations to appear at the International Double Reed Society. He was a church organist and choir director for 50 years until retirement, the last 24 years of which he held the position of organist/choirmaster of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Athens. He also directed and conducted the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the Athens Choral Society, as well as numerous other choruses, orchestras, and bands.

The premiere of This Endris Night was on December 24, 2004, at St. Stephen's Anglican Catholic Church in Athens, Georgia, under the direction of organist/choirmaster, William Coscarelli. This publication is the result of a performance by University of Georgia's Collegium Musicum conducted by Dr. Mitos Andaya as part of the University's Holiday Concerts 2011.

This endris* night I saw a sight,
A star as bright as day,
And ever among, a maiden sung,
“Lullay, by by, lullay”

This lovely lady sat and sung,
And to her child did say,
“My son, my brother, father dear,
Why liest thou in hay?”

“My sweetest bird, thus 'tis required,
Though thou be king veray,
But nevertheless I will not cease
To sing żLullay, by by, lullay“

* endris = other

This 15th century English carol text has been set to many different melodies by composers in recent times. In contrast to the original tune written in major, Dr. Corina has composed pensive melodies for the flute and chorus that reflect the bittersweet destiny of the Christ Child.

I suggest a flexible tempo following the rise and fall of the poem with plenty of gentle rubato.

Mitos Andaya

recording performed by University of Georgia Chorus
Athens, Georgia
Dr. Mitos Andaya, conductor

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