CREATIVITY + LOSS

SUNDAY 14 JUNE 2015, 3PM
GREAT HALL, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY


NICHOLAS ROUTLEY
CONDUCTOR

CLARE MACLEAN
NEW WORK (WORLD PREMIERE)

DUFAY
AVE REGINA CAELORUM

OCKEGHEM
SALVE REGINA

JOSQUIN DES PREZ
VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS

LIGETI
LUX AETERNA

BRAHMS
A GERMAN REQUIEM
(VERSION FOR CHOIR AND
TWO PIANOS)

 





 

This concert has as its theme the ambiguous relationship between creativity and loss, explored through the prism of music written in response to grief. Brahms' German Requiem, one of the great Romantic choral works, was inspired by the death of the composer's mother, and also perhaps by the untimely death of Brahms' friend, mentor and rival Robert Schumann, whose mental illness had led to his confinement in a lunatic asylum. Out of profound sorrow came a work full of consolation and comfort. The Requiem is performed here in a version created by Brahms for accompaniment by piano duet.

The motet Ave Regina Caelorum by the early Renaissance master composer Guillaume Dufay is a natural fit with the Requiem, as Dufay wanted it sung at his own deathbed. Ligeti's Lux Aeterna takes its text from the traditional Latin Requiem mass, but recreates it in a transcendent musical language that remains as strikingly contemporary as when it was first performed in 1966. It reached an immense audience just two years later when it was featured in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The concert also features a new work by Australian composer Clare Maclean, who has had a rich and fruitful association with Sydney Chamber Choir since its earliest years. Knowing the Choir and its sound literally from both inside and out, her music is a joy to sing and a delight to hear.