Featured Podcast: Leçon de Ténèbres from Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Featured Podcast: Leçon de Ténèbres from Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Evensong 2017

This week’s featured podcast is from March 29, 2017.

Our 2017 Tenebrae service featured the Leçons de Ténèbres by French Baroque composer Francois Couperin (1669-1733), written for the liturgies of Holy Week, 1714, at the Abbaye Royale du Longchamp.

Scored for two high voices and continuo, there are three leçons (lessons). Each Latin verse is preceded by a melisma on the first letter of the Hebrew text. The first two lessons are written for single voice, while the third, scored for two voices, is considered one of the high points of French Baroque vocal music. Performers are sopranos Margaret Carpenter Haigh and Madeline Apple Healey; organist Peter Bennett, and viola da gambist David Ellis.

 

Leçon de Ténèbres by François Couperin (1668-1733)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Leçon de Ténèbres by François Couperin (1668-1733)
Margaret Carpenter Haigh and Madeline Apple Healey, sopranos
David Ellis, viola da gamba
Peter Bennett, organ

Leçon de Ténèbre I Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet 1:1-5
Psalm 51:1-7
Prayer
Leçon de Ténèbres II Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet 1:6-9
Psalm 51:8-13
Prayer
Leçon de Ténèbres III Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet 1:10-14
Psalm 51:14-18
Prayer
A General Thanksgiving
Benediction
Voluntary