2020 Choral weekend - Camille Saint-Saëns Messe de Requiem
The 23rd Armidale Music Foundation Annual Choral and Orchestral Weekend again provides an opportunity for musicians from NSW and further afield to rehearse and perform a large scale masterpiece, under the guidance of Paul Holley OAM, one of Australia’s foremost choral tutors.
|FRIDAY 6TH MARCH||2 - 4 PM Optional preliminary rehearsal
6:30 PM Registration
7:00 - 9:30 PM Rehearsal
|SATURDAY 7TH MARCH||9 AM - 5 PM Rehearsal; Orchestra from 2 PM
6:30 PM Barbecue
|SUNDAY 8TH MARCH||9 AM - 1 PM Rehearsal; Orchestra from 11 AM
2:30 PM Concert
|REGISTRATION (we are offering both online and postal registration)||Online: Go to http://www.trybooking.com/BALVW. You can pay by credit/debit card or by direct deposit.
To register online and pay by direct deposit, type DIRECTDEPOSIT in the discount code box. Your
BSB: 932000 (Regional Australia Bank)
Postal: Complete the registration form and send it to the postal address below along with your cheque or money order, or deposit the registration fee using the information above
|MUSIC||Music for the Messe de Requiem can be mailed to you ($20) or purchased and collected on arrival at the event ($17). Scores are not available to borrow. You must purchase a copy of the score.|
|FEES (includes lunches and morning
and afternoon teas)
|- Single: $150
- Full time student: $110
|- Score (posted): $20
- Score (collected at event): $17
- BBQ: $25 per person
|VENUE||New England Girls School (NEGS)
Old New England Highway (Uralla Road), Armidale.
|ACCOMMODATION (book early since Armidale can be busy in March)||NEGS:
Reception 02 6774 8704
Armidale Tourist Information Centre
02 6770 3888
|DRESS||Casual clothes. Bring something warm for the cool autumn evenings. Concert is casual dress.|
0421 863 892
Armidale Music Foundation
PO Box 1562
ARMIDALE NSW 2350
About the Music
SAINT-SAËNS’ MESSE DE REQUIEM (OP. 54)
In 1878, over the space of just eight days, Saint-Saëns produced the Messe de Requiem in memory of his friend and patron, Albert Libon, who had died twelve months earlier.
In the spring of 1877, following twenty years as organist for L’église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Paris, Saint-Saëns resigned his prestigious post after being reprimanded for his “bold playing”. Confident that he could earn a living as a composer and interpreter, he embarked on a series of concert tours. It was upon returning to Paris that he learned of the death of Libon, who had bequeathed the sum of 100,000 francs to Saint-Saëns on the condition that he compose a Requiem on the first anniversary of his death. Libon, an ardent admirer of the composer’s work, had made the provision to enable Saint-Saëns the freedom to devote all his time to composing. Although the will’s condition was ultimately withdrawn, Saint- Saëns fulfilled it in gratitude to his friend.
Musically, the Requiem is unusual since it relies less on dynamics and more on its massive instrumentation to create a heightened sense of expression. Jacques Bonnaure (2010) writes: “This unjustly neglected Requiem is perhaps the most sensitive, imaginative, and perfect work by the composer, who finds here, more than ever before, a classical balance between form and expression, innovation and tradition, sophisticated compositional style and immediate effect”. But the requirement for such a large orchestra (including two organs, four harps, and a four-fold contingent of winds) made performances of the work difficult until an orchestral reduction became available that maintained the richness of Saint-Saëns’ original score.
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