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Requiems et Chansons | Hertfordshire Chorus

Saturday July 7, 2018 at 19:30
St John's Smith Square, London
£25, £20, £14, £12,; chilren under 18 and students £5
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  1. Requiem Op 48 - Gabriel Fauré
  2. Requiem Op 9 - Maurice Duruflé
  3. 3 Chansons de Charles d'Orléans - Claude Debussy
  4. 2 Choeurs Op 68 - Camille Saint-Saëns
    • Calme des nuits
    • Les fleurs et les arbres

Fauré Requiem (with organ). In his seven-section requiem, the French composer Fauré distilled some of the most beautiful melodies he ever composed. Filled with rich, soulful melodies, it was praised by many other composers – not least Saint-Saëns, who thought it divine. It was performed at Fauré’s own funeral in 1924.
Duruflé Requiem (with organ) Duruflé’s longest and most substantial work was composed in 1947. Like Fauré, Duruflé chose to break away from the operatic and highly dramatic requiem settings of Berlioz and Verdi. He sought to focus his setting not on visions of hell and damnation but on images of rest and peace.
Debussy's Trois Chansons are from a 1908 collection. Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder! is a shimmering love song; in Quant j’ai ouy le tabourin a languorous melody meanders above quick percussive-like vocal accompaniment, and the energetic Yver, vous n’estes qu’un vilain scolds winter for its cruelty.
Saint-Saëns's Deux Choeurs: Calme des nuits is one of Saint-Saëns’s shorter part songs and is a beautiful, ethereal piece. Les fleurs et les arbres is more lively and full of contrasting dynamics and rhythm.

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