The Saint James's Singers

DURUFLÉ, POULENC AND DEBUSSY

CONDUCTOR – JULIAN HARRIS
7.30PM Saturday 6 APRIL 2019
St Mary’s Church, Warwick

DURUFLÉ, POULENC AND DEBUSSY – A Concert of French music

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For the first concert in the 2019 Season the Saint James’s Singers present a concert of French music. This takes place at St Mary’s Church, Warwick, on Saturday, 6 April 2019.

The setting by Maurice Duruflé of the Requiem Mass dates from 1947. Unlike the apocalyptic settings of the Requiem Mass by Berlioz and Verdi, Duruflé’s is more akin to Fauré’s familiar setting in its sense of serene optimism. This is due in no small part to the use of original Gregorian plainsong melodies which create a distinctly archaic feeling, offset by the contemporary idiom of the accompaniment.

Francis Poulenc’s Gloria was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and premiered in Boston in 1961. The familiar liturgical words are given a setting that abounds in joy, yet is always sincere and humble. This lovable work has justly become popular with singers and audiences alike.

Claude Debussy‘s Petite Suite for piano, four hands, first performed in 1889 is a work of immediate lyric charm, and its simplicity is in stark contrast with the modernist works that Debussy was writing at the time. The Suite is made of four individual movements, each one constructed in such a way as to give more or less equal opportunities to both pianists.