Requiem by Eustache du Caurroy - TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR even if online sales have ended.
Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST)
PLEASE NOTE: Online sales for the Sunday concert ends at 12PM of the day of concert. But, we will be selling tickets at the door! Doors open at 3:30pm. Thank you!
Requiem Mass by Eustache du Caurroy (1549-1609)
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.
Chalice Consort presents Requiem by Eustache du Caurroy (1549-1609)
November 6, 2010 - 4 p.m.
The National Shrine of St. Franciso of Assisi, 610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 for advance online purchase. Children under 12 are free. Online ticket sales end at 12AM on day of concert.
Chalice Consort collaborates with early music scholars and musicians in helping little-known works from the Renaissance and early Baroque eras become more widely appreciated by the modern music-loving public. The Consort pays special attention to the verbal texts and to the music's rhetorical force, as well as to acoustics. Its performances also take into account the various concepts of stylistic decorum that were strongly articulated by humanist writers in the Renaissance and provide an essential part of the context in which these repertoires were composed, performed, and first appreciated. Chalice Consort aims to communicate the emotional power of this music to modern listeners.