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Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria

Saturday November 23, 2019 at 19:30
Christ Church, West Didsbury, Manchester
£12, £10 concessions, £5 students
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  1. Epithalamium - Sir Arnold Bax
  2. Magnificat 'Regale' - Robert Fayrfax
  3. O Magnum Mysterium - Pierre Villette
  4. Salve Regina - Pierre Villette
  5. Hymne à la Vierge (Hymn to the Virgin) - Pierre Villette
  6. Mater ora filium - Sir Arnold Bax
  7. Gaude, Gaude, Gaude Maria Virgo - John Sheppard
  8. Magnificat Op 36 - Gerald Finzi

Come and rejoice with us as we explore music dedicated to Mary, starting with the early Renaissance English school represented by Fayrfax and Sheppard. In the early sixteenth century they cultivated a unique style featuring very high "angelic" treble parts, giving our sopranos a chance to really hit the high notes!

400 years later, Bax honours the tudors by setting Spenser's poem Epithalamium, and by taking Byrd's five part Mass as inspiration for his stunning Mater Ora Filium, the main theme based on a medieval carol.

Our only continental composer is Pierre Villette, whose three motets will remind you of Debussy and Poulenc, or even his favourite Messiaen in juxtaposition of simplicity and lush chording.

Finally, we return to quintessential England with Finzi's Magnificat, accompanied by organist Robert Woods, who will also delight us with solo pieces.

We look forward to seeing you!

Christ Church, West Didsbury
Darley Avenue
M20 2ZD
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