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Duruflé's Requiem | St George's Singers

Saturday June 23, 2018 at 19:30
St George's Church, Stockport
£15, £12 concession, £4 students/children
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  1. Requiem Op 9 - Maurice Duruflé
  2. Messa di Requiem - Ildebrando Pizzetti
  3. War's Embers - Sasha Johnson Manning

Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem is modelled on that of his French compatriot, Gabriel Fauré, in that it sets the identical text, and creates a similarly subdued, ethereal atmosphere. But Duruflé’s Requiem stands on its own as a spellbinding fusion of plainsong themes from the Mass for the Dead with choral polyphony and orchestration.

The Messa di Requiem of the Italian Ildebrando Pizzetti is probably his masterpiece. Written in 1922 for a cappella choir it employs neo-Renaissance techniques to the text of the Requiem Mass and like the Durufle employs familiar plainchant melodies.

War's Embers is a new work commissioned by St George’s Singers as part of the ‘Whittingham Lives Project’ which explores the culture and legacy of the Whittingham Asylum where music playe an enormous part of the lives of patients and staff. Sasha Johnson Manning has set the poetry of WW1 poet Ivor Gurney, himself a sufferer from mental illness. This is a preview performance of three of the movements from the complete work which will be given its full premiere in November.

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