Picasso: The face of peace
The programme of music and readings included:
William Byrd: Justorum animae, dating from 1605.
Orlando Gibbons: I am the resurrection and the life.
This was originally set by Gibbons for five voices: only three parts survive; the missing voices have been reconstructed by David Wulstan.
Heinrich Schütz: Musikalische Exequien (parts 2 & 3).
Working in Dresden, Schütz composed a most moving setting of the German Requiem, published in 1636. It includes a double choir motet and an unusual and deeply-moving setting in German of the text of the Nunc Dimittis, against which a 3-part choir sings the text of Blessed are the Dead for they rest from their labours.
Stanford’s setting of Justorum animae (pub. 1905)
John Tavener’s Funeral Ikos (1981)
Mark Blatchly’s Beati quorum via (Commissioned by the Cappella Singers in 2005).
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