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The Sixteen

The Sixteen

Sep 11th 2018 @ St James's Roman Catholic Church

London, United Kingdom
Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
7:30 PM
St James's Roman Catholic Church
London, United Kingdom
Britten - Hymn To The Virgin
Cornysh - My Love She Mourneth
Britten - Hymn To Saint Cecilia
Cornysh - Salve Regina
Britten - Advance Democracy
Cornysh - Ave Maria, Mater Dei
Cornysh - Woefully Array’d
Cornysh - Ah Robin, Gentle Robin
Britten - Sacred And Profane

This programme looks at the way these two composers mixed sacred with secular. Whilst Cornysh’s sacred music is elaborate and rhythmically complicated, his secular music is simple yet subtly evocative. Britten makes constant demands on vocal artistry best displayed in the last work he ever wrote for unaccompanied voices, Sacred and Profane, composed in the winter of 1974-5.

Britten chose his texts with great care and devotion; these are mediaeval lyrics and he gives us a fascinating mixture of the devotional and the rumbustiously secular. The final song A death is a wicked blend of horror and gallows humour far removed from the melancholic canon Ah Robin by Cornysh.