Washington National 1st April 7.30pm

Washington National Cathedral – 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, DC 20016

Tel 202 537 6200

Performance Friday 1st April at 7.30 PM

Tonight’s programme juxtaposes some of the finest sacred choral works of the sixteenth century with Fauré’s glorious setting of the Requiem Mass.  The season of Lent has inspired a wealth of music throughout history, and two pieces are included here: Lassus’s setting of Psalm 130 and Allegri’s famous setting of Psalm 51, the Miserere.  The first half of the programme is completed with music by three English composers of the same period, John Taverner, the first director of Music at Christ Church, Thomas Tallis and Robert Parsons. After the interval, by way of contrast, the choir is joined by the Cathedral’s instrumental ensemble for one of the most iconic sacred works ever composed, Fauré’s Requiem.

De Profundis – Orlando de Lassus (1532 – 1594)

Short Instrumental Piece

Kyrie Le Roy – John Taverner (1490 – 1545)

Im ienio et fletu – Thomas Tallis (1505 – 1585)

Ave Maria – Robert Parson (1530 – 1570)

Short Instrumental Piece

Miserere Gregorio Allegri (1582 – 1652)

INTERVAL

Requiem – Gabriel Faure (1845 – 1924)

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