Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cantique de Jean Racine

City of Dunedin Choir's next concert features Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré.

Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist, and teacher. He was the foremost French composer of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th century composers. His harmonic and melodic language affected how harmony was later taught.

Gabriel Fauré is regarded as the master of the French art song, or mélodie. His works ranged from an early romantic style, when in his early years he emulated the style of Mendelssohn and others, to late 19th century Romantic, and finally to a 20th century aesthetic.

Here is an Engish translation of the Cantique de Jean Racine:
To our very high Lord our only hope
This eternal day of the earth and of the night
Saviour we are breaking the divine silence
Saviour direct your divine sight on us
Spread on us the fire of your powerful grace,
so that all evil disappears at the sound of your voice.
God wakes up the languished soul from his sleep
Christ be kind to your people
Receive their songs as a gift to your immortal glory
And the people shall receive peace in return.

Read more about Fauré...

Here is a learning track for the alto part (sung by a guy), useful for practicing purposes:

and here's one for the tenor voice:

1 comment:

AlanGirvan said...

Faure Requiem was the first big concert I did - back in 1977 with the Convocatio Musicale Choir, conducted by Sydney Mann (as he then was) with Jan Harrington as soprano solo, and Roger Wilson as Bass. Performance was in St Pauls, Dunedin.

Patrick Little described the Libera Me as perhaps the most Romantic tune ever written.