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Workshop on the Victoria 'Requiem'

A masterclass for experienced singers; an afternoon immersed in the late Renaissance music of great Spanish composer

Tomas Luis de Victoria at the Chapel RMC Duntroon Sat 28 May, 2 - 5 pm then - Performance 5:30 pm (Performance is open to all music lovers)

Participants - $30; Student - $15 Tickets at Trybooking:

Score: The score in use (without the Taedet animam) is initially in F. When you register as a singer through TryBooking, you will be asked whether you wish to bring your own score, buy a copy on arrival or download and print (440 KB, in pdf). To download your own click here>

Music Director Peter Young writes:

Oriana continues its “Masterpiece Workshop” program which began last year with a very successful day looking at Bach’s Jesu meine Freude.

On 28 May we will explore one of the greatest works of the Renaissance, the magnificent Requiem Mass by the Spanish composer Tomas Luis da Victoria.

It was written upon the death of the Dowager Empress Maria, daughter of one emperor, wife of a second, and mother of two more.

Published in 1605, it is the crowning glory of Victoria’s art and of the great age of polyphony – Monteverdi’s radical Vespers was only five years away.

We shall discover this austere yet moving work in the fine acoustics of the Royal Military College chapel at Duntroon, with an afternoon rehearsal followed by an impromptu performance.

Peter Phillips, director of the acclaimed group The Tallis Scholars (with whom The Oriana Chorale has sung in recent years), says in the program notes of their recording of the Requiem in 1987:

Victoria's 'Requiem' Mass (as we now call it) has for many decades and for many people typified Spanish Renaissance music. Its mystical intensity of expression, achieved by the simplest musical means, obviously sets it apart from contemporary English and Italian music, and has led to comparisons with it of the equally intense paintings of Velasquez and El Greco.

This will be an experience to remember. 

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