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Hymn to the Queen of Heaven - Advent music from Russia to South America

Monday December 18, 2017 at 19:30
Church of St John the Baptist, Wellington
£12, students £6, under 12s free
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  1. O radiant dawn, from Strathclyde Motets - Sir James MacMillan
  2. Hanacpachap cussicuinin (Ritual 1631) - Traditional
  3. The Theotokos, ever-vigilant in prayer - Sergey Rachmaninov
  4. O magnum mysterium - Tomás Luis de Victoria
  5. Dulce Jesus Mio - Anonymous
  6. Convidando está la noche - Juan García de Zéspedes
  7. A Hymn to the Virgin - Benjamin Britten
  8. Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen, '7 Magnificat Antiphons' - Arvo Pärt
  9. Vespers, 'All-night vigil' Op 37 - Sergey Rachmaninov
  10. Ave Regina caelorum - Juan Guitiérrez de Padilla

Advent themed Marian music from the northern hemisphere, juxtaposing the colours of Eastern Europenan 20th and 21st century music of Rachmaninov, MacMillan and Pärt, with the works of 20th century English composer Britten, and with renaissance composers, Victoria and Padillaa.

In this Advent programme we shall explore musical ideas from different times and places, all praising Mary, the Mother of Christ.

The Eastern Orthodox church’s attachment to ikons, symbolising the incontrovertible faith of its subjects, inspires music from composers such as Rachmaninov and Pärt which is unswerving at its core yet fluid in its harmonies. Travel West and into the more familiar traditions of C20th Britain, where MacMillan and Britten demonstrate how faith can be described in God’s creation of the natural world while also acknowledging Mary’s purity of character and demeanour.

Move back in time and a little further south to Mediterranean climes and here Victoria writes in classic Renaissance terms, with gloriously interwoven arcs of harmony. Just a decade or two later, across the Atlantic in Spain and Portugal’s newly acquired dominions in South America, the Catholic Church rapidly establishes itself, opening the door to admit the rhythmic vitality of traditional native music.

Advent here is celebrated with every sign of sheer exuberance and colour!

Come and hear all of these different musical ideas in anticipation of your own very Happy Christmas!

Church of St John the Baptist
High Street
TA21 8QY
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