Based on plainchant
and hewing closely to the Catholicism-inflected cultural priorities of the Vichy regime, which commissioned the piece, Durufle's Requiem has nevertheless been hailed as a "timeless" (p.
Of the three movements, the second was most effective, with the sopranos singing a unison melody reminiscent of plainchant
Storgards certainly had the measure of Holst's almost narcotic Hymn of Jesus with its blend of ancient plainchant
and stamping dionysiac rhythms, CBSO Chorus and orchestra here joined by the ethereal voices of the CBSO Youth Chorus.
Monastic organs played the melody of the plainchant
with the voices of the choir.
Dominical Books of plainchant
containing all the Sundays of the year
The tune, "Divinum mysterium," is a lovely medieval plainchant
Under the baton of Canon Marcus Huxley, the Birmingham Cathedral Choir has developed an extensive repertoire - from plainchant
to recent compositions, with some being specially commissioned for them.
Each pair pursues their own line, which due to melodic design and parallel fifths evokes a plainchant
, independently of the others, but it is not appropriate to imagine a common polyphonic structure.
Pausing by the dry stone clochans where a woman hung behind, her voice rising as she sang some old plainchant
, the sound belling in the wind until Michael wasn't sure it was the woman's voice at all.
But like his father's great Mass in Li Minor, this Requiem is a wonderful mix of musical and techniques--from plainchant
to 16th-century polyphony, 17th-century Italian polychorality to 18th-century counterpoint and the stile galant.
The Durham Singers will also perform Tom[sz]s Luis de Victoria's unaccompanied Requiem Mass of 1605 which, like Durufl's more romantic setting, is based on the melodies of medieval plainchant
Their polyphony highlighted the melodic purity of the plainchant
, while the monophonic lines made the multiple voices sound all the richer.