Programma I: Music for All Saints

Cavalli and Schütz


Friday, October 30th 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 1st 2015 2:00 pm
St. Mary’s Chapel, St. Paul Seminary

Repertory: Missa da Requiem of Francesco Cavalli (1602 – 1676) and Musikalische Exequien op. 7 – Dresden, 1636 of Heinrich Schütz (1585 – 1672)

As was often the case, the vocal music we perform was doubled by another brass instrument, such as cornetto and sackbut and accompanied by instruments like the lirone.

We open Season Nine with this intention of combining our voices and instruments with two Requiems by composers of the early baroque, one from Germany and the other from Italy.

Heinrich Schütz set his Exequien (or Requiem) to texts in German. Written sometime in 1635/36, this was performed for the funeral services of Count Henry II, Count of Reuss-Gera, who had planned the service himself. Schütz travelled to Venice to study on two occasions, and he may have met Francesco Cavalli who was working there at the same time.

Cavalli’s Missa pro defunctis of 1675 was his last sacred work, and he most likely composed it for his own funeral.

Come to hear voices and instruments. These two great works will be intertwined into one event that will combine the beautiful voices of Consortium Carissimi with Stephen Escher, cornetto, Garrett Lahr, sackbut and Annalisa Pappano, lirone.