The Renaissance Choir explores the close relationship between the music of W. A. Mozart and M. Haydn

In its forthcoming concert entitled “Vespers”, the Emsworth-based Renaissance Choir presents two complementary works from the Classical period.

The Choir will be performing at St Peter’s Church in Petersfield on Saturday 26 October 2019 at 7:30pm.

Michael Haydn wrote his Requiem in C in 1771. Just like Mozart’s Requiem, the music sobs, it’s angry, defiant and expresses love. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was present at its first three performances and is believed to have been strongly influenced by it in the composition of his own Requiem in D.

A decade later, Mozart wrote Vesperae solennes de Confessore, the fifth movement of which, Laudate Dominum – is an exquisite and much-loved setting for soprano solo and chorus. The beautiful tranquillity of this movement contrasts with the bold exuberance of much of the rest of the work.

St Peter’s resident organist Mark Dancer will accompany the choir.

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