Saturday 11 November 2017 7.30pm Malmesbury Abbey
A Concert of Remembrance.
Paco Peña: Cordero de Dios
Arvo Pärt: The Beatitudes
Ildebrando Pizzetti: Messa di Requiem
Howard Goodall: Requiem, 1st Movement
John Tavener: Song for Athene
Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst
Eleanor Daley: In Remembrance
'Concert of Remembrance'
Bath Bach Choir is presenting a programme of music to reflect our thoughts on the eve of Remembrance Sunday.
Starting at the west end the choir will sing a brief but intense setting of 'Cordero de Dios' (O Lamb of God) from Paco Pena's Missa Flamenca. The choir then processes eastwards while singing 'The Beatitudes' by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt - each verse moves chromatically upwards with an organ pedal note sustaining throughout until the end when the organ explodes into a brief toccata-like episode as the angels ascend into heaven.
Once in place on the chancel steps, the choir performs the main work of the concert - Pizzetti's 'Messa di Requiem'. With five a cappella movements, and lasting about 30', it is an outstanding early 20th-century work - strongly theatrical and passionate but with clear Palestrina influences.
After the interval comes the first movement of Howard Goodall's Requiem: Eternal Light, which lyrically sets the text 'Close now thine eyes and rest secure'; this is followed by Tavener's familiar and much loved 'Song for Athene', as sung at Princess Diana's funeral and 'In Remembrance', an engagingly beautiful motet with its moving text 'Do not stand at my grave and weep' by the Canadian composer Eleanor Daley.
Finally, to end on a positive note, Eric Whitacre's 'Cloudburst', with piano and some percussion, is a celebration of rebirth and renewal - the audience will be required to help create the sound of a rainstorm!
Conductor: Nigel Perrin
Discounts for students and children under 18
This concert is being promoted by Malmesbury Abbey Music Society.
For details on the various ways to obtain tickets, please visit www.mamsmusic.co.uk