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Music of Reformation and Counter-Reformation


Sat Nov 4 2017, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Sun Nov 5 2017, 8:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Jubilee Church, 256 Outram Road, Outram, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: edwardyong

Check & Checkmate: Music of the Reformation & Counter-Reformation 1480–1620.

"Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world." - Martin Luther

In commemoration of Reformation 500, we present a selection of music reflecting the religious currents in the years 1480-1620: from pre-Reformation Roman Catholic music, through the various Protestant styles, and how Roman Catholic music itself changed in response. While most of the pieces we have chosen are straightforward sacred music from the Protestant and Catholic churches, we have included some pieces that reflect the more turbulent aspects of the Reformation period. Religious tensions were present in all sections of society from peasants to dukes, and this is reflected in the music all the way from Gregorian chant to simple peasant songs to complex art music for noble courts.

Composers covered will include Josquin, Obrecht, Luther, Hassler, Goudimel, Sermisy, Vallet, Palestrina, Animuccia, Victoria, Farmer, Tallis, and Byrd.

Most of our programme will not have been heard in Singapore before. As usual, we shall be accompanied by instruments appropriate to the period and country of the works, such as the lute, renaissance guitar, baroque violin, viola da gamba, recorder, renaissance flute, and organ. We shall be pronouncing the sung texts in period pronunciation, giving the listener a sort of time-machine journey in sound.

To aid in the understanding and appreciation of the programme, there will be a brief pre-concert talk at 7:40p.m. Admission is free, and a retiring collection will be taken towards the upkeep of the concert venue.

N.B. please register your interest at our Eventbrite page so we have an idea of how many to expect.