Gaudeamus, Pro-Arte Saint Louis’ first concert of the 2016/17 season, consists of music for All Saints Day. The repertoire spans Antiquity, and the Medieval and Renaissance periods.
The first half of the program is populated by pieces for the Solemnity of All Saints and features music by William Byrd, Victoria, and Palestrina, as well as two pieces of Ambrosian Chant, the Ingressa – Laetemur Omnes in Domino, and the Post Evangelium – Gratia Dei, dating back to circa 500 A.D.
One of the more rarely heard works we will perform is Heinrich Isaac’s setting of the All Saints sequence, a liturgical piece that was later suppressed by the reforms of the Roman liturgy.
The second half of the program, and centerpiece of the program, is the serene setting of the Requiem (Misa de Defuntos) written in 1544 by Spanish composer Cristobal de Morales, generally considered the most important composer of the Spanish Renaissance.
The performance is free, and open to all who wish to attend.
Tax deductible donations and free-will offerings are welcome.