In Tempore Paschali- The Song Company

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The Song Company begins its Eastertide tour of sacred polyphony with a return to the iconic venue of the Crypt at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney. This concert moves through the stillness of the tomb to the Paschal light of Easter Day and beyond with a procession of 16th– and 21st– century Latin motets, from Byrd and Mundy to Elliott Gyger and Alice Chance.

Borrowing ten themes from Nicolas Gombert’s Lenten motet In illo tempore, and looking back to an earlier age of glorious polyphony, Monteverdi’s Missa In illo tempore (written alongside the more famous 1610 Vespers) demonstrates both incredible six-part detail and a contrapuntal skill – which the composer was keen to show off to a Roman and Papal audience.

The part-writing in Monteverdi’s Mass glows from beginning to end, and is one of the models for internationally-renowned new Artistic Director Antony Pitts’ motet Thou wast present as on this day, which celebrates and mourns the past, the present, and the unfathomable depths of eternity all at once.

Antony says, “This is one of those special moments when Monteverdi’s best-kept secret, his sublime six-part Mass from 1610, can be experienced alongside the harmonies of those earlier generations he imitated so sincerely – plus a few ethereal echoes of our own, some four centuries later.”


Gombert: In illo tempore

Monteverdi: Missa In illo tempore

Antony Pitts: Thou wast present as on this day