Passionate Kisses

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On Sale Apr 25, 2022 at 8:00 AM
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Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

552 West End Avenue

New York, NY 10024

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Motet settings from the Song of Songs Music by Gombert, Rore, White, Vivanco, and more

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The Song of Songs, erotic, romantic, poetically astonishing, has always been somewhat of a mystery in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. It celebrates the depth and beauty of romantic and sexual love. Over time, it was transformed into an allegory depicting the relationship first between God and Israel, and eventually Christ and the Church. In the Middle Ages, as the cult of the Virgin Mary rose to a more prominent position in western liturgical practice, the texts were adapted and found as the basis of texts for the Divine Office on feast days in honor of the mother of Christ. Composers across Europe and as far away as the New World composed eloquent settings of these otherworldly texts. Chosen appropriately as the final concert of the season, we invite you to join us for our season finale, a celebration of gardens, springtime, and above all, love in its many expressions.

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Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

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Organizer Polyhymnia

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Polyhymnia is a small select ensemble of singers focusing on historically informed performance of sacred music from the courts and cathedrals of the Renaissance world. The ensemble has been in residence at The Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch since 2003. 

 

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