Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 1st, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.

Bourgie Hall
1339, Sherbrooke West, Montreal
Métro Station Guy-Concordia / Métro Station Peel

SUMMARY

Written for Holy Week, the cycle Membra Jesu Nostri, which Dietrich Buxtehude composed in Lübeck in 1680, consists of seven short cantatas written to spiritual poems attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux. Each of the parts is a meditation on the wounds on the different parts of Christ’s crucified body, from the feet to the head. This work, written for the purpose of devotion, is a masterpiece of Lutheran music: the voices, violins, and violas da gamba come together in a variety of ways and with an expressive intensity that are altogether unique. 

 

PROGRAM

The seven cantatas of Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu nostri

DISTRIBUTION

Vocal and instrumental ensemble

Les Voix humaines

Andrew McAnerney, direction