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TOMORROW Concerts - Cirencester & Highnam nr Gloucester

Bumping - tomorrow in Cirencester

Mystical Masterpieces - Feb 23 Cirencester & Mar 2 2013 Highnam nr Gloucester

RHEINBERGER, KODÁLY, TAVENER & PÄRT
For our spring 2013 concerts, Cantores brings together four composers with very individual views of religion, and whose spiritual convictions permeate their music.

The main work in this programme is the Mass in E flat opus 109 by Joseph Rheinberger, first performed at the Court Church in Munich in 1879 under the direction of the composer, at that time the royal Kapellmeister.

Rheinberger saw himself as part of the long tradition of Bavarian Catholic composers going back to Orlandus Lassus and his music is in the direct line from the Rome and Venice of the Renaissance.

Arranged for two four part choirs, the style is conservative and has references to Gregorian Melody but also has the expressiveness of the Romantic harmonic palette.

Although nominally Catholic, Zoltán Kodály produced few works based on sacred texts being much more concerned with the development of a truly Hungarian musical style based on the folk music of the country and with music education.

The Pange Lingua of 1931, like much of his sacred work, has a dominant role for the organ and sets the different verses of the Latin hymn to contrasting music of enormous character.

John Tavener’s spiritual journey has had a profound influence on his music, much of which is set to religious texts from around the world.

In 1977, Tavener joined the Russian Orthodox church and, although of late his music has reflected preoccupations with other world religions, he has remained largely loyal to that church. The ‘Two Hymns to the Mother of God’ (1985) are a setting of words from the Liturgy of St Basil and from the Vigil Service for the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Arvo Pärt is from the Estonian Orthodox tradition, but has been categorised as one of the ‘holy minimalist’ composers whose music has a more broadly based mystical focus. The ‘minimalist’ element of the description refers to the use of simple, largely diatonic, harmonies and straightforward patterns but, in Pärt’s case, bell-like qualities that he refers to as ‘tintinnabuli’.

The spiritual mood of the Magnificat composed in 1989 is restrained and prayerful capturing a timelessness that is an essential quality of his religious thought. A rich, thought- and soul-provoking evening that promises to be a very particular pleasure.

As ever, tickets can be bought in advance through Eventbrite, using the link above.

Tickets (£10, registered carers and children under 16 free) are also available at Cirencester and Gloucester Tourist Information Centres respectively, at the Cornerstone Bookshop in Dollar St in Cirencester, and at the door on the night.

PROGRAMME

Mass in E flat opus 109 – Rheinberger | Pange Lingua - Kodály | Two Hymns to the Mother of God – Tavener | Magnificat - Pärt
Jamanda

And presumably starring yourself? Very Happy
nats

Of Course Cool
robkb

Good luck, that programme sounds really good Smile
nats

Thanks - it's lush!!
katie

Lucky you -it sounds marvellous.
Barefoot Andrew

Good luck, that programme sounds really good Smile


Indeed. If we lived in t'area we'd definitely be there.
A.
nats

Good luck, that programme sounds really good Smile


Indeed. If we lived in t'area we'd definitely be there.
A.

It's about as north as we go, Gloucester!
nats

Bumping - this weekend in Cirencester nats

Tomorrow...... Very Happy If you do come please join us in a pub afterwards - You'll have to mug us to find out which one. I'm the shortest member of the choir - you can't miss me!
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