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Shade and Light: Musical Expressions of Grief and Joy
Sat, October 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$10 – $50
We pair the hauntingly beautiful setting of the Requiem Mass by the little known Portuguese Renaissance composer Manuel Cardoso with Bach’s exuberant setting of Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied.
quote from Mary: Both Cardoso’s Missa pro defunctis and Bach’s Singet dem Herrn were composed for funerals, but their similarity ends there. Cardoso’s music expresses the sadness of life’s passing and trepidation about the soul’s fate, while Bach’s celebrates the deceased’s entrance into everlasting life. As a result, one is hauntingly beautiful, while the other exults joyously. We pair these with the only two choral works of Elliott Carter, set to poetry of Emily Dickinson, written early in his life, in which he captures respectively the moods of serendipitous happiness and pensive melancholy.