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The Three Marys

by Eya

Award-winning vocal ensemble specializing in medieval music for women's voices.
Genre: Classical: Medieval
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Emplorant Me Couvient Chanter
2:10 $0.99
2. The Three Marys, Scene One: "The Procession"
5:05 $0.99
3. Tournai Mass: Kyrie
2:33 $0.99
4. The Three Marys Scene Two: "The Merchant"
11:03 $0.99
5. Au doz mois de mai / Crux, Forma Penitentie / Sustinere
1:34 $0.99
6. The Three Marys, Scene Three: "Approaching the Tomb"
2:55 $0.99
7. Neuma
1:03 $0.99
8. The Three Marys, Scene Four: "Whom Do You Seek?"
2:27 $0.99
9. Tournai Mass: Sanctus
1:28 $0.99
10. Tournai Mass: Benedictus
1:26 $0.99
11. The Three Marys, Scene Five, Pt. I: "Infelix Ego Misera"
2:51 $0.99
12. The Three Marys, Scene Five, Pt. II: "Douce Dame"
5:26 $0.99
13. The Three Marys, Scene Five, Pt. III: "Mulier, Quid Ploras?"
2:14 $0.99
14. Tournai Mass: Agnus Dei
1:36 $0.99
15. Victime Paschali Laudes
2:30 $0.99
16. The Three Marys, Scene Six, Pt. I: "Eya! Nobis Internas Mentes"
1:47 $0.99
17. The Three Marys, Scene Six, Pt. II: "Dic Nobis, Maria"
2:17 $0.99
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Album Notes

Eya recreates "Les Trois Maries," an early 14th-century liturgical Easter drama originally conceived and performed at a Benedictine convent in Origny-Ste.-Benoîte, a small village in northern France. The drama illuminates the emotional journey of the three Marys as they prepare and make their visit to the sepulchre following the burial of Jesus. Composed in plainchant, "Les Trois Maries" is one of the most sensitively-wrought examples of liturgical drama from this period. It is the only example of this genre in which both Latin and the vernacular were used together, strengthening the emotional impact of this story upon its listeners, and deepening our connection with its heroines.

Accompanied on historical instruments, scenes are interwoven with medieval polyphony from the Tournai Mass, the Montpellier Codex, and the Bamberg Codex, in addition to traditional plainchant and instrumental improvisation, punctuating the dramatic arc of the story until its joyous finale.


“Remarkable… gorgeous… with precise ensemble, a strong sense of presence, and ringing vowels that reverberated to the farthest reaches of the cathedral.” -The Washington Post

Eya is an award-winning vocal ensemble based in Washington, DC specializing in the interpretation of medieval music for women’s voices. Launched in 2010 and directed by Allison Mondel, Eya has established its place in the Washington, DC community as an early music ensemble of impeccable vocal quality and deep spirit.

Eya presents concert programs that interweave diverse repertories of the 12th through 15th centuries, from Hildegard von Bingen to Notre Dame to the flyleaves of early English manuscripts and beyond. Through this lens, these programs seek to tell a story that forges new points of connection between contemporary audiences and medieval repertoire, underlining our common humanity with these early poets and composers.

Our performers are some of the finest young early music specialists in the region. Audiences have praised the ensemble for its vocal beauty, fascinating and accessible programming, fresh and inspired interpretations, and musicianship of the highest standard. Eya has performed at a variety of venues thus far, notably The Music Center at Strathmore, National Gallery of Art, Washington National Cathedral, the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe, Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown University, Williams College, and The College of William and Mary, among many others.

Eya is the proud recipient of the 2013 Greater DC Choral Excellence Award for Best Specialty Group: Early Music as well as a 2015 nominee for Most Creative Programming.

Eya (pronounced “EH-yah”) is a Latin exclamation of joy.

Crossley Hawn, soprano
Allison Mondel, soprano, director
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano

Richard Giarusso, baritone
Niccolo Seligmann, vielle



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