Sing a Palestrina Mass with Professor Bill Mahrt

Missa Jam Christus Astra Ascenderat
by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525–1594)

Professor William MahrtFebruary 15-16, 2014
Braun Music Center

Room 110
Stanford University, Palo Alto

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Palestrina has been held up as the model for high Renaissance sacred music, yet the Singers’ Retreat has never sung a Mass by him. So we will sing this one, drawn from h6208909Palestrinais Fifth Book of Masses (1590), published just before his death. It is based upon a paraphrase of the Gregorian chant hymn for Matins on Pentecost, and for the hymns of the Little Office during the day of Pentecost. Its characteristic mode takes one beginning and wide ranging melody, then paraphrases in a nicely developed style, with intricate counterpoint. It is sure to promise both challenge and great enjoyment.

In addition to the rehearsal, Prof. Mahrt will offer brief lectures during breaks to inform us more about the composer and the musicology.   He will discuss this Mass along with others by Palestrina, and its place within the history of related music.

2342152Late on Saturday afternoon we enjoy the Sherry Hour, an opportunity to taste a variety of the wine, from most dry to sweetest.   (Unlike past events, there will be no Saturday evening sing.)

Remember to invite friends to the concert at 4 pm on Sunday, February 16, at St. Ann Chapel, 541 Melville Ave, Palo Alto.  Donations are accepted at the performance which are contributed to a fund for musicians in need.

Participation in the concert is a requirement of attendance.