Music

My discovery of the week, thanks to Matthew’s excellent programming for the autumn concert, is [W:Lili Boulanger], sister of the legendary composition teacher [W:Nadia Boulanger]. Like [W:Jehan Alain], another favourite of mine, Lili Boulanger died young (in her case of [W:Chrohn’s disease], Alain was killed in WWI). Lili Boulanger was the first woman winner of …

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This is Reading Bach Choir about to sing [W:Arnold Schoenberg]’s Friede auf Erden, an exceptionally difficult piece for double choir which I think we delivered in some style. It is unaccompanied twelve-tone music, about as hard as choral singing gets. In fact the first chorus master to whom Schoenberg gave it was of the opinion …

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I watched Simon Russell Beale’s Sacred Music last night. It was about the mediaeval period in Paris and the [W:Notre Dame school], with the emergence of first two part harmony and then four part polyphony. This was a response to the soaring acoustic of the new Gothic churches, particularly [W:Notre Dame de Paris]. This acoustic …

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For tonight’s concert we have an accompanist who will be playing a Tickell continuo organ. Ken Tickell is a very fine organ builder, he made the instruments at Douai Abbey and many others besides. I say we have an accompanist, we had one. He’s currently in hospital with an unknown surgical emergency, possibly a complication …

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