LES LEÇONS DE TÉNÈBRES – M.-A. Charpentier

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Tuesday In Holy Week

Tuesday In Holy Week

O God, by the passion of thy blessed Son didst make an instrument of shameful death to be unto us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

6:30 PM

 

Tuesday, March 30 from 6:30-7:30 pm.
No tickets required–Donation suggested

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) was a leading French composer of the Baroque era who served as Master of Music at the Church of St. Louis and as Master of Music at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. He was highly regarded for his sacred vocal music.
Leçons de Ténèbres is a specifically French musical work which grew from the readings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah during Holy Week. In addition to the setting by Charpentier, there are also similar works by Couperin, Gilles and Delalande. Charpentier demonstrates his ability to touch the hearts of his listeners in these deeply-felt, expressive movements.