Sung Eucharist - 09 July 2017

Recorded on
Tuesday, 25 July 2017

This webcast of Sung Eucharist features Byrd's Mass for Four Voices, and Messiaen's O sacrum convivium.

Olivier Messiaen (1908 - 1992) was a French composer, organist, and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century. His music is rhythmically complex; harmonically and melodically he employs a system he called modes of limited transposition, which he abstracted from the systems of material generated by his early compositions and improvisations. The unaccompanied motet O sacrum convivium is an early work, revelling in a static chromaticism, which lends the work a fervently devotional quality. Though much of Messiaen’s music is overtly Christian in content, this is his only liturgical motet; the composer, with characteristic eccentricity, believed that plainsong was the perfect, and unsurpassable, music with which the liturgy should be adorned.

Share this

Latest news

Nan Guest

It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Nan Guest - widow of former Director of Music George Guest - on 8 February.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer