Chœur polyphonique de Montréal Direction : Louis Lavigueur

Next performance: Franz Schubert’s Mass in E-flat Major

25 avril 2024

On Sunday May 26, 2024, the Choir will perform Franz Schubert’s Mass in E-flat Major during the 11 am mass at the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral.

Franz Schubert’s Mass in E-flat Major is a masterpiece of sacred music that embodies the composer’s melodic genius, emotional depth, and mastery of choral writing. Composed in 1828, it stands as one of Schubert’s final completed works, created during the last year of his life, a period marked by immense creativity despite his declining health.

The Mass in E-flat Major is characterized by its lush harmonies, lyrical melodies, and profound spirituality. Schubert’s choice of key, E-flat Major, imbues the work with a sense of grandeur and solemnity, fitting for the sacred text it sets. From the opening Kyrie to the final Dona nobis pacem, Schubert weaves a tapestry of musical expression that reflects both the solemnity of the Mass and the composer’s own spiritual introspection.

One of the most striking features of the Mass is its expansive melodies, which soar above the rich harmonies of the orchestra and choir. Schubert’s gift for melody is on full display, with each movement containing memorable themes that convey a range of emotions, from penitence and supplication to exultation and praise. The Gloria, for example, bursts forth with jubilant energy, while the Sanctus exudes a sense of awe and reverence.

In addition to its melodic beauty, the Mass in E-flat Major showcases Schubert’s skillful handling of choral textures. The choir plays a central role throughout the work, alternating between moments of delicate intimacy and majestic grandeur. Schubert’s use of polyphony and counterpoint adds depth and complexity to the choral writing, enriching the overall musical tapestry.

Despite its inherent spirituality, the Mass in E-flat Major is also deeply personal, reflecting Schubert’s own struggles and aspirations. As he faced his own mortality, Schubert poured his heart and soul into the composition, grappling with timeless questions of faith, redemption, and human frailty. The result is a work of profound emotional resonance, one that speaks to the universal human experience while also bearing the imprint of its creator’s innermost thoughts and feelings.

Over the years, Schubert’s Mass in E-flat Major has rightfully earned its place as one of the great masterpieces of the choral repertoire. Its enduring popularity is a testament to its timeless beauty and profound spiritual significance. Whether performed in the grandeur of a cathedral or the intimacy of a concert hall, the Mass continues to inspire and uplift audiences with its transcendent music and timeless message of hope and redemption.

 

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Le 26 mai 2024 à 11h00

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