Friday, 21 September 2018

Mass and a powerful Requiem

Reading Bach Choir, conducted by Matthew Hamilton will perform Pizzetti's Requiem and Poulenc's Mass in G at St Thomas of Canterbury, Goring, next Saturday

Reading Bach Choir, conducted by Matthew Hamilton will perform Pizzetti's Requiem and Poulenc's Mass in G at St Thomas of Canterbury, Goring, next Saturday.

Francis Poulenc was a child of Paris and grew up in a  mixture of eclectic influences. His cosmopolitan and cultured mother taught him piano from the age of five while his provincial father was a devout Roman  Catholic. His mother and uncle hosted actors and artists at their apartment and took the young Poulenc to concerts and galleries in the vibrant cultural life of early twentieth century Paris.

News of the sudden death of a close friend who was struck by a passing car in August 1936 shook Poulenc to the core and prompted the lapsed Catholic to undertake a pilgrimage to the historic shrine of the wooden Black Madonna at Rocamadour in South West France.

His return to the faith of his ancestors led to a fresh outpouring of choral music. The Mass in G was begun in 1937 and dedicated to his father, who had been dead for 20 years. This Mass has been described as one of the most complex and original unaccompanied choral works of the twentieth century.



Pizzettiâ??s Requiem was composed in 1922. It is a work firmly steeped in the tradition of Gregorian chant. Pizzetti then weaves an intriguing twentieth-century web over the familiar tunes.

The concert will start at 7.30 pm and tickets are £12 plus concessions. Email  tickets@readingbach choir.org.uk, call 0118 947 8097 or visitwww.wegot tickets.com





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