Music Update for the Week of November 8

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The full Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys will sing the 11am Solemn Requiem and 4pm Choral Evensong on Sunday, November 8. On Thursday, November 12, there will be the inaugural concert of the 2015-2016 Concerts at Saint Thomas season.

Sunday November 1

11am Solemn Requiem

  • Service: Messe de Requiem, Op. 9, Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
  • Psalm: 121 Anglican Chant (Walford Davies)

4pm Choral Evensong, The Ninety-Fifth Annual Flag Service for The Patriotic and Historical Societies

  • Responses: Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) and John Barnard (early 17th century)
  • Psalm: 46 Anglican Chant (Luther)
  • Magnificat & Nunc dimittis: in A, Edward W. Naylor (1867-1934)
  • Anthem: And I saw a new Heaven, Edgar L. Bainton (1880-1956)

Thursday November 12

7:30pm: Mozart Requiem & Haydn Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass), Andrew Nethsingha, guest conductor

  • Requiem Mass in D Minor:Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • Missa in Angustiis (‘mass for times of distress’): Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Notes on Sunday’s Repertoire

Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) wrote his sublime setting of the Requiem in 1947, following the conclusion of the Second World War and the death of his father. The work is a deeply personal expression of the composer’s Catholic faith and is clearly modeled on the Requiem setting of Gabriel Fauré. Like Fauré, Duruflé eschewed the tendency towards blazing imagery and violent grief in setting the texts of the Day of Judgment, choosing instead to focus on the peaceful elements of the text. Drawing on the cultural heritage of his predecessors in the organ lofts of nineteenth and early-twentieth century Paris,Duruflé moulds together complex counterpoint and rich harmony to great effect. The unique fusion of these elements with plainsong and a strong sense of liturgical modality give the work a deeply spiritual character, pervaded throughout by the tranquil optimism of the composer’s vision of the eternal.

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