John Bradley, Conductor
Tomás Luis de Victoria
Officium Defuctorum a6 and motets
Time: 8 pm
Pre-Concert Lecture at 7 pm
Tickets: $30 – General Admission
$20 – Students, Seniors & Early Music America (EMA) Members
OR call 917-838-4636
Polyhymnia kicks of its 25th Season with one of the most beloved works of the Renaissance, Tomás Luis de Victoria’s gorgeous six-voice Officium Defuctorum. After an illustrious career in Rome, Victoria retired to the Monasterio de las Descalzas de Santa Clara outside of Madrid in 1581 where he served as chaplain to the Dowager Empress Maria, sister of Philip II and wife of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II. Upon her death in 1603 he composed this, his last and perhaps greatest achievement. Sometimes simply called the Requiem, it was performed for her great obsequies in April of that same year. We invite you to join us for this monumental work, the greatest of the Spanish Renaissance requiems, performed as it would have been in 1603 for the Dowager Empress’s funeral with a choir of 18 voices, organ and bajon. The concert will also include a selection of motets dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
About the Ensemble:
Founded in 1994, Polyhymnia creates vibrant, historically informed performances of music from the courts and cathedrals of the Renaissance world. Working with museums and libraries, liturgical historians and educational institutions, Polyhymnia preserves and revives masterworks of the choral literature composed in Europe and the Americas between the years 1450 and 1650. Since 2000, Artistic Director John Bradley has been preparing original editions of music for the ensemble in repertoire including numerous modern premiers of works which have remained unperformed since the 16th century.
Polyhymnia is supported, in part, by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.