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The Choral Pilgrimage 2017: The Olive Branch

The Choral Pilgrimage 2017: The Olive Branch

Durham Cathedral

The Sixteen,
Harry Christophers conductor,

Our 17th Choral Pilgrimage tour contrasts the music of the 'Prince of polyphony' Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina with the great 20th-century melodist Francis Poulenc.

'For the Choral Pilgrimage 2017, I will be exploring the legacy of two composers, whose work, for me, represents the very pinnacle of sacred music - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Francis Poulenc. Both honest composers, they never try to appear other than they are. Palestrina is the master craftsman whose work composers from all ages have attempted to emulate, while Poulenc's music always bears a human face and he himself felt he put his best and most authentic side into his choral writing.' Harry Christophers

Based around the themes of conflict and atonement, Palestrina's mass centring on the famous L'Homme Armé tune was immensely popular in the 16th century and its warlike nature serves as a timely reminder of the savagery of conflict, something which deeply affected Poulenc. Poulenc's Un soir de neige, composed in December 1944, reflects both the inner feeling of peace generated by Christmas and the bleak solitude of another winter of occupation in France.

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Information

Durham Cathedral

City Centre
Durham
DH13EH

Contact Details

Tel: 020 7936 3420
Email: info@thesixteen.com
Event Cost: £15 - £27 (Booking Fees Apply)


Dates

20-10-2017 : Times - 19:30


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