Sing, my tongue - Concert
'Pange lingua' or 'Sing my tongue' are the first two words of a medieval Latin hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas which Josquin des Pres uses as the basis for his mass of the same name. The French Renaissance composer, widely considered to be the first master of polyphonic vocal music, takes the hymn melody and uses it freely in all voices and in many variations in elaborate and ever changing polyphony. Gabriel Fauré also draws inspiration from Thomas Aquinas’ hymn taking the last two verses beginning with the words ‘Tantum ergo’ and arranging them in a beautiful setting for three female voices.
The programme also includes Poulenc's Four Christmas motets which relate the Christmas story using texts usually associated with Gregorian chant. Poulenc's distinctive style contrasts startling dissonance with luscious harmony and solemnity with playfulness. This demanding a capella piece requires rhythmic precision, clear intonation and ensemble balance.
7.30pm on Saturday 16 November at St. John’s Church, Newbury. Tickets cost £15 (£5 for under 18s) and are available online from www.ceciliaconsort.org.uk, or by calling 07775 743445.
St John’s Church, St John’s Road, Newbury, Berks, Berkshire RG14 7PY
Sat 16 Nov 2019