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A Divine Hope

Friday, 19 April, 2024 at 8:00 pm

A Divine Hope

Boston Early Music Festival

St Paul’s Church, Cambridge, MA, United States

Dante Alighieri’s Comedia (Divine Comedy) is considered one of the greatest works of literature ever written. La Comedia’s enduring imagery has shaped our Western culture’s views and understanding of the afterlife for more than 700 years and has inspired a large body of Western thought, art, and, of course, music. Telling Dante’s story, Stile Antico descends with Il Divino into Hell, journeys with him through Purgatory, and finally arrives at the gates of Heaven. Renaissance madrigals and sacred music by composers such as Palestrina, Guerrero and Morales illustrate the way, setting to music prayers which the poet features in his epic verse. Texts by Dante himself, set to music by Lazzaschi and Merulo, also narrate the story. These are punctuated by readings from the Divine Comedy. At the pinnacle of heaven we meet the Virgin Mary in Victoria’s glorious 12-part Magnificat.

Nicolas GombertMedia vita

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Peccantem me quotidie
Luzzasco Luzzaschi: Quivi sospiri pianit ed alti guai
William Byrd: Laetentur caeli
Francisco Guerrero: Vexilla Regis

Tomás Luis da Victoria: Te lucis ante terminum/em>
Palestrina: Salve Regina
Claudio Merulo: Salvum fac populum tuum
Johannes Eccard: Übers Gebirg Maria geht

Cristobál de Morales: Agnus Dei from Missa Mille regretz
Orlande de Lassus: Beati pauperes spiritu
Cristobál de Morales:Asperges me

Anon: Venite a laudere
Merulo: Vergine, madre, figlia del tuo
Vicente Lusitano: Regina caeli a5
Tomás Luis da Victoria: Magnificat a12


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