FUNEREAL FOR THE FUN OF IT.Byline: CRAIG SMITH
If Canticum Novum's concerts this weekend seem to have a somewhat funereal fu·ne·re·al
1. Of or relating to a funeral.
2. Appropriate for or suggestive of a funeral; mournful: funereal gloom. cast, it's not your imagination. Kenneth Knight,
the chamber orchestra and chorus's music director, has chosen the repertoire to suit a theme: the observance of the feasts of All Saints'
Day and All Souls' Day All Souls' Day, Nov. 2 (exceptionally, Nov. 3), feast of the Roman Catholic Church on which the church on earth prays for the souls of the faithful departed still suffering in purgatory. The proper office is of the dead, and the Mass is a requiem. , which fall on Sunday, Nov. 1, and Monday,
Nov. 2, in the Christian calendar - the days immediately following
The concert in St. Francis Auditorium The St. Francis Auditorium is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the Museum of Fine Arts at 107 West Palace Avenue, and is the venue for various cultural and musical organizations, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Santa Fe Community Orchestra. of the New Mexico Museum of Art The New Mexico Museum of Art (formerly the Museum of Fine Arts), the oldest art museum in the state of New Mexico, is one of four state-run museums in Santa Fe. It is one of eight museums in the state operated by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. begins with English composer Maurice Greene's stately anthem "Lord, Let Me Know Mine End," followed by Bach's cantata cantata (kəntä`tə) [Ital.,=sung], composite musical form similar to a short unacted opera or brief oratorio, developed in Italy in the baroque period. God's Time Is the Best Time, written when Johann Sebastian was 22. "Time" here refers to the length of a person's days as determined by God -- the religious-philosophical comfort being that even when a life is cut short, the decision comes from a beneficent be·nef·i·cent
1. Characterized by or performing acts of kindness or charity.
2. Producing benefit; beneficial.
[Probably from beneficenceon the model of such pairs as deity rather than the shears of the pagan Fates. The original German title puts the emphasis on that assurance even better than does the English translation: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, as in, far better than just the best.
Franz Schubert's "Gesang der Geister uber den Wassern," which sets a Goethe text, is a gorgeously evocative piece for the unusual and richly hued hued
Having a given hue, aspect, or character. Often used in combination: rosy-hued; dark-hued. combination of male voices and violas, cellos, and double basses. This version is the fifth setting of the poem Schubert worked on and the only complete one. The others break off in midcomposition.
The title means "Song of the Spirits Over the Waters," and the initial stanza states, "Man's soul is like water: it comes from heaven, it rises to heaven, it goes throughout the earth, always wandering." The final words of the piece are "Soul of Man, you are like the water; Fate of
Man, you are like the wind." The vocal and instrument tone painting
throughout is magnificent.
The anchor piece for the concerts is Faure's op. 48 Requiem -- one of the most beloved of all such works, if we can use such a term about a Mass for the dead. But then, many requiems we hear in concert were intended for secular performance, not for actual use during a church service or memorial.
Famous Requiem concert settings include those by Verdi, Brahms, Berlioz, Dvoryak, and Britten. Liturgical settings include those by Durufle, Mozart -- arguably, though it was left unfinished at his
own death -- John Rutter, and of course Faure. Some incorporate additional texts, such as the Wilfred Owen poems Britten chose or
the text from the Roman Catholic burial-graveside service that Faure used for the "Pie Jesu."
The Faure is a small gem of only about 35 minutes, but it has a convoluted history. The first part he composed, at 32, was a "Libera Libera may refer to:
Large bowl-shaped drums with pedal mechanisms for altering their pitch by changing the membrane's tension. The timpani are the principal orchestral percussion instruments. , harp, solo violin in one movement, and organ. Some commentators think the violin part may have been played by one of the violists. The 1893 version added more instruments and movements.
Finally, a 1900 orchestration for a big concert at the Trocadero,
urged on by Faure's publisher, was apparently done quickly by Faure's star student, Jean Roger-Ducasse. It added violins, bassoons, trumpets, trombones, and a bigger timpani part to the 1893 version but is full of wrong notes and other errors.
John Rutter's newly edited version that Canticum Novum will be using calls for paired low strings, solo violin, four horns, harp, and organ plus two optional bassoons and trumpets, which Knight has decided to omit. Incidentally, the Bach cantata is also scored for violas plus two flutes, harpsichord harpsichord, stringed musical instrument played from a keyboard. Its strings, two or more to a note, are plucked by quills or jacks. The harpsichord originated in the 14th cent. and by the 16th cent. Venice was the center of its manufacture. , and cello or basso continuo basso continuo
[Italian, continuous bass.]
Noun 1. basso continuo .
Faure made his living in his younger years as an organist and music teacher, but he was not notably religious. According to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is an encyclopedic dictionary of music and musicians and is regarded as the most authoritative reference source on the subject in the English language. , he wrote the Requiem "for the
pleasure of it." And quotes from his letters to violinist-conductor Eugene YsaOe, who was planning a 1900 concert performance in Belgium, show a cheerful pragmatism. "I shall be delighted, delighted, delighted to hear my Requiem conducted by yourself with your
musicians," Faure confided in an Aug. 4, 1900, letter. "An organ would be necessary because it accompanies the whole way through, but a loud harmonium harmonium: see reed organ.
or reed organ
Free-reed keyboard instrument in which wind from a foot-operated bellows causes metal reeds to vibrate. Pitch is determined by the size of the reed; there are no pipes. would do instead.
"As for the number of voices in the choir, that will naturally depend on the size of the hall where you give your concerts. The work lasts about 30 minutes or 35 at most; altogether it is as gentle as I am myself!! and it calls for one quiet bass-baritone, the cantor type, and one soprano."
He emphasized that reference to a "cantor type" a bit later in the letter. "Little Torres was encored at the Trocadero for the piece she had to sing, the 'Pie Jesu.' She has an engagement in Liege liege
In European feudal society, an unconditional bond between a man and his overlord. Thus, if a tenant held estates from various overlords, his obligations to his liege lord, to whom he had paid “liege homage,” were greater than his obligations to the other for next season, as it happens, and I'm sure you will get her without difficulty. The man who sang the bass part, Vallier, is booked at La Monnaie, but he was execrable -- a real opera singer who did not begin to understand the composure and gravity of his part in this Requiem."
Canticum Novum Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1
St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.
$35, students $20 with ID, at