Motet Masters

Saturday, March 9, 2024
7:30 pm
Wellshire Presbyterian Church

Sunday, March 10, 2024
3:00 pm
First Plymouth UCC

Throughout the history of western choral music, the motet has been one of the most important forms of choral music. It helped move choral music from solo chant into the glorious polyphonic music of the Renaissance and Baroque period. Highly spiritual in nature, motets serve as both contemplative and joyous responses. In this program, Kantorei surveys the history of the motet, performing works of Renaissance composers Josquin des Prez and Giovanni Palestrina moving into the height of the Baroque period with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Lobet den Herrn (BWV 230). Also included on the program is Johannes Brahms melancholic Warum ist das Licht gegeben (Op. 74 No. 1) as well as examples of famous motets from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Music by:
Josquin des Prez
Giovanni Palestina
Vicenzo Lusitano
Pedro Bermúdez
Salamone Rossi
Johann Sebastian Bach

Johannes Brahms
Maurice Duruflé
Charles Villiers Stanford
Healey Willan
Morten Lauridsen
Arvo Pärt


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