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Abendmusik 5: Journey into Light

August 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm

St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church

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Music for Galway & Galway 2020 present 

Chamber Choir Ireland | ConTempo Quartet | Paul Hillier director

Journey into Light

In association with Chamber Choir Ireland

 

Galina Grigorjeva Salve Regina

Arvo Pärt Wallfahrtslied

Ed Bennett – world premiere

John Tavener Ikon of Light

 

This programme begins with the disconsolate darkness of the Salve Regina prayer, but in Grigorjeva’s setting, suffused with hope through long arching Byzantine-inspired melodic lines. Pärt’s Wallfahrtslied (pilgrims’ song) bridges the ravine between the two worlds of time and eternity, using the words of psalm 121. The dynamism of the string parts set against the static vocal lines gives the work a transfigured serenity. Tavener’s Ikon of Light, becomes suffused with the soundscape of Orthodox liturgy, sets St Symeon’s ecstatic text, bringing us fully into the Divine Light which is its central theme.
The text of Ed Bennett’s new work is seventeenth century metaphysicist John Donne’s resonant prayer challenging death with a vision of heavenly infinitude.

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