Choral Requiems performed during Holy Week
  • Richard R.
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    This has become a standard programming ploy among choral conductors, some sort of solemn nod to the season. Please do not abet or support this terrible, anti-liturgical practice. Unless somebody actual dies, of course.
  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    Holy Week is sad, funerals are sad...given that some chorus board members even need explanations of the difference between Holy Week and Easter, we have to admit it could be even worse, and perhaps we should be grateful to be on the radar at all. Sacramento Ballet is giving matinees of Carmina Burana this Palm Sunday and wondering aloud why ringers are so scarce.
  • There are plenty of large-scale works more appropriate to Holy Week and that never get performed, anyways.
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  • Seven Last Words, anyone?
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  • Liam
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    In my experience, there are relatively few secular choral concerts during Holy Week or Easter week because so many singers are already committed on the church front. Usually, it's either a March concert before Holy Week, or a later April/May concert after Easter.
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  • If memory serves, Saint-Saens's Carnival of the Animals, of all things, was written for a Laetare Sunday celebration (midi-Careme, as it was called in France).
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  • But, 'but Saint-Saëns was adamant that the work would not be published in his lifetime'. And it was not, only performed privately.
  • KARU27
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    I have a somewhat different take on this. It seems like 15-20 years ago, I would often play in orchestras for events like this (especially where I grew up in the Seattle area). Faure Requiem, or Durufle Requiem, often, or even Handel's Messiah.
    Anyway, I see far fewer of these type of concerts, and I don't think that's a good thing. I think that these were aimed at the PBS crowd / "spiritual but not religious" folks, who felt that they should at least have a cultural event that would indeed give a solemn nod to the season. Now I fret that those same secular educated folks are probably just staying home binge-watching their NetFlix.
    Or, it could be that in Indiana (where I live now), people are actually going to church services, rather than sacred concerts.

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