Chamber Music

The Hildegard Consort Sings English Funeral Music

Felipe Gasper talks about the “Burial Sentences” of Purcell and others.

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For its next concerts, Houston’s Hildegard Consort is performing music written for the Anglican funeral liturgy by composers from the Renaissance to the mid-18th century.

“The Resurrection and the Life” features great settings of the English “Burial Sentences”, including the well-known settings by Henry Purcell and William Croft. Croft’s music has been sung at British state funerals for almost 300 years!

As artistic director Felipe Gasper explains, while this music may be restrained, the texts are often full of hope.

Felipe talks with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn.

The Hildegard Consort presents “The Resurrection and the Life: Great English Funeral Music” twice:  Monday, May 19th, 7:30pm, at Annunciation Catholic Church downtown, and Saturday, May 31st, 7:30pm at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in River Oaks.

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