Chalice Consort: Requiem by Eustache du Caurroy (1549-1609) - 11/4-11/6/11
- Chalice Consort will open its 2011-2012 season with Requiem by Eustache du Caurroy (c.1549-1609) in November; directed by our artistic director, Davitt Moroney.
The famous musical setting of the text of the Requiem Mass by the French composer Eustache du Caurroy is one of the finest of all Requiem settings. It was written in about 1590 and was performed at the funeral of the French king Henri IV. It was then used as a sort of "official requiem" at the funeral of subsequent French kings until the French Revolution.
Du Caurroy is now largely forgotten, but recently (thanks to the 400th anniversary of his death in 2009) there has been a distinct renewal of interest in his music. In his day, he was considered a consummate master of the polyphonic style and the greatest French composer of the late Renaissance. His suave melodic lines and sublime harmonies are placed entirely at the service of meaningful declamation of the words. In this, he is the perfect French counterpart to Byrd in England, Victoria in Spain, Lassus in Germany, and Palestrina in Italy.
Du Caurroy's Requiem is one of the highest moments in the history of Catholic church music. It was composed under the influence of the ideas of the Counter Reformation, which saw music as a kind of prayer. The musical setting is intended to guide attentive listeners towards an intense meditation on the words. This approach is still possible for 21st-century audiences (including non Catholics and all non believers). In the case of the Requiem, the intense musical meditation is fundamentally existential. It becomes a reflection on the universal themes of the frailty of human Life and our reconciliation with the universal inexorability of Death.
St. Edward Catholic Church presents Chalice Consort
November 4, 2011 - 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30pm
St. Edward's Catholic Church, 5788 Thornton Ave. Newark, CA 94560
Tickets: email St. Edward Catholic Church at parishoffice@...
Parking: Free at the church
The Cathedral of Christ the Light presents Chalice Consort
November 5, 2011 - 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30pm
The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2240908618 - $15 in advance, Children 12 and under are free, $20 at the door; click here to buy! (Note: online ticket sales end at 12PM, on day of concert.)
Parking: The entrance to the underground Cathedral Parking Garage is located on 21st Street. Parking in the garage is $5.00 per vehicle.
The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption presents Chalice Consort
November 6, 2011 - 4 p.m.; doors open at 3:30pm
The National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, 610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2155162148; $18 in advance, $20 at the door; $15 for Early Music America (EMA) members, students & seniors in advance here, $20 at the door. Children 17 and under are free. (NOTE: online ticket sales end at 12AM on day of concert.)