MUSIC CLASSICAL / BAROQUE / EARLY MUSIC
June 15, 2013
Boston Choral Ensemble will be reviving their popular Deplorations program, including the 40-part motet Spem in alium, as part of the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe.
The act of deploration, or lament, especially for the death of a loved one, has inspired composers to write some of the most powerfully moving music. This concert begins with the famous Deploration on the death of Ockegham by Josquin. In the first of two main sections we contrast Tallis’s setting of the Lamentaions of Jeremiah for men’s voices with Tartini’s setting of the Stabat Mater dolorosa for women’s voices. In the second main section, we highlight different approaches to text interpretation with settings of the same text, from the renaissance and from the twentieth century. The concert concludes with the monumental 40-part motet Spem in alium by Tallis (1505-85), which is a renaissance masterpiece and any performance is always an occasion.