François Couperin – bParis, Nov 10, 1668; dParis, Sept 11, 1733
François Couperin wrote some of the finest music of the French classical school and may be reckoned the most important musical figure in France between Lully and Rameau. Much of his sacred music has gone lost but some of his smaller ensemble motets exist in manuscript form.
In celebration of the 350th anniversary of birth of François Couperin (1668-1733), members of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and singers and instruments from Consortium Carissimi led by Garrick Comeaux, in conjunction with the University of St. Thomas Music Department’s Organ Artist Concert Series, collaborate with host/performer Michael Barone of American Public Media’s PIPEDREAMS to present a concert of Couperin’s vocal and keyboard music, including several motets and a complete performance of the Mass for Parish Use, with alternatim chant ‘in Parisian manner’.
Consortium Carissimi is honored to participate in this celebration event on the eve of Couperin’s birthdate. We are grateful to Professor Edward Higginbottom of New College Oxford for offering his reconstruction of the motet Resonent Organaset for the Feast of St. Cecilia.
The University’s Gabriel Kney 40-stop/56-rank tracker-action pipe organ will be featured in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (Cleveland at Ashland) on the University of St. Thomas campus in Saint Paul, MN.
For more information, visit the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
This concert is free. Optional free-will donations may be made online or at the door.
Saturday, November 10 at 7:30pm
Chapel of Saint Thomas Aquinas
Saint Thomas University
2115 Summit Ave
St Paul, MN 55105