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Ensemble Origo presents Luther's "Deutsche Messe

  • Gordon Chapel, Old South Church Boston (map)

Ensemble Origo opens our season with a program honoring the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther advocated the use of the vernacular in the liturgy, but he did not make radical changes at first. Director Eric Rice shares, “The musical changes the Reformation brought about were earth-shattering because they led to congregational singing regularly in church for the first time — a kind of democratization of music that persists to this day.”

This hypothetical reconstruction of a “Deutsche Messe” ca. 1530 contains Latin mass music by Josquin des Prez (Missa de beata Virgine) as well as vernacular settings of early German chorales by Luther’s colleague Johann Walther. Unlike some of his reformer contemporaries, Luther loved complex polyphony as well as the plainchant tradition, and he aimed to strike an appropriate balance between participation of the non-musical laity and performing music of a quality befitting worship.  “Our concert program demonstrates the kind of middle ground that Luther advocated in the early years of the Reformation: mass music sung by a professional choir, and chorale tunes that the congregation could recognize and sing with.”

September 15 at 8 pm - Gordon Chapel at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St. Boston, MA
September 16 at 8 pm - Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W. 65th St. New York, NY
September 17 at 5pm - Trinity College Chapel, 300 Summit St. Hartford, CT

Megan Chartrand, Sarah Moyer, soprano; Mary Gerbi, Clifton Massey, alto; Paul D’Arcy, James Williamson, tenor; Elijah Blaisdell, Paul Max Tipton, bass; Eric Rice, director

Tickets: $25 Regular Admission; $10 Student/Low Income; Trinity/UConn students admitted free.
There will be an introductory talk 30 minutes before each performance.

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Earlier Event: August 13