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Three Kings
Music for the Magi

Sunday, January 5, 3:00 p.m., St. Bernadette Church

70 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, MD (just off the Beltway, free parking)

 

Byrd Gradualia Propers for Epiphany

Epiphany motets of Handl, Lassus, Victoria, Poulenc, Bach, Cornelius, Willan

and music for another star --

Victoria Missa Ave maris stella

 *  Byrd's Gradualia, a monumental collection of settings of the Propers for the major

    feasts of the whole liturgical year, was the crowning masterpiece of his career.  The

    Epiphany Propers celebrate the coming of the Wise Men to Bethlehem.

 

*  The story of the Magi inspired great Renaissance polyphony, and also wonderful

    Lutheran chorales and 20th century motets.  Chantry pairs its usual repertoire with

    some related later works.

*  For Renaissance artists and musicians, the Star of Bethlehem that led the Wise

    Men was related to another star, Mary the Star of the Sea.

*  Chantry also sings this music for a special Latin Mass in the Extraordinary

    Form at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, at St. Mary

    Mother of God, 727 Fifth St. NW (at H St.) in Washington, DC.