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. His masterpiece organ composition Mass for Parish liturgies will be performed on the Gabriel Kney organ at the St. Thomas Chapel at St. Thomas University in St. Paul. In addition, baroque plain chant will be sung in the harmonized and improvised manner of the time in Paris along with three stunning motets set for Saints Anne, Suzanne and Cecilia.
In collaboration with MPR’s Michael Barone, 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 Organa set for the Feast of St. Cecelia.
Saturday, November 10 at 7:30pm
Chapel of Saint Thomas Aquinas
Saint Thomas University
2115 Summit Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
MPR Members: $20
Seniors 65+: $20
Students 18+: $10
Youth under 18 are always free with an adult ticket.