Bury Bach Choir: The Genius of Bruckner
Bruckner - Mass No. 2 in E minor
Bruckner - Selection of motets
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) is one of the most enigmatic of composers – self-effacing and diffident in his personal and professional life, a compulsive student of music who continued studying and collecting diplomas until he was forty, an internationally renowned organ virtuoso with legendary improvisational skills... and the composer of some unusually complex and richly textured music.
In recognition and celebration of the 200th anniversary of Bruckner’s birth, this concert features his wonderful Mass in E minor
, punctuated by several of his ever-popular motets, including Locus Iste
and Ave Maria
His Mass in E minor
is set for eight-part chorus, wind instruments and brass. The work illustrates more succinctly than any other Bruckner's unique style, combining simplicity of expression with sheer power and richly expressive harmony. The opening Kyrie
represents a microcosm of the full work, being comprised of individual blocks of music introducing an extreme range of dynamics from the quietest a cappella music to massive walls of sound. In the subsequent sections of the piece Bruckner expands on and develops each of these uniquely contrasting characters in turn, so creating a work of immense and impressive variety. Throughout the Mass, Bruckner displays a technical mastery of counterpoint and complex, eight-part vocal writing, and a wonderful lyricism which has made the Mass in E minor
one of his most popular and frequently performed choral works. Central to the audience’s enjoyment is Bruckner’s frequent and thrilling use of brass. Come, enjoy!
The concert also includes Bill Douglas’ Three Lyrical Pieces
for two oboes and bassoon, played by the Tailleferre Ensemble.
Bury Bach Choir
Benedict Collins Rice
On sale Bury Bach Choir Friends, Patrons, Sponsors and Benefactors:
10am Tuesday 2nd January
On sale Apex Members:
10am Friday 5th January
On sale General Public:
10am Monday 8th January
£27, £22, £17, Under 30’s go half price. NOTE: Full price tickets £1 less during early booking period which ends on 31 January 2024.
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
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