Countdown to Marcel Pérès!

The countdown has begun! To kickoff the count from 10 days until our Santiago de Compostela concert with Marcel Pérès, we’ve got a preview of the concert via Marcel and his Ensemble Organum:


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Concerts:

Portland – 8pm, Friday, November 16th, St. Mary’s Cathedral
Seattle – 8pm, Saturday, November 17th, St. James Cathedral

More on Ensemble Organum and Marcel Peres

About Ensemble Organum’s last record: Requiem of Divitis (16th century)

For thirty years now, the vocal ensemble Organum has slowly but surely, far from the eye of the public at large, pieced together a veritable history of the singing of sacred music. With this new disc, Organum adds yet another layer to the knowledge of the interpretation and sound of early music, bringing together the body of research carried out for three decades by Marcel Pérès, in the continuity of his discoveries on liturgical chant of late Antiquity, Romanesque polyphonies, the rationalisation of measured rhythm, and the art of ornamentation in the Gothic era. This disc is the culmination of the objectives defined by Marcel Pérès twelve years:

“The study of medieval and ancient repertoires cannot be confined to the simple reconstitution of written or aural material. Through a musical approach that reveals other horizons, it calls for a differing way of relating to memory and its construction. The practice of this music profoundly transforms one’s relationship to patrimony. What was at first of a solely archaeological or aesthetic nature becomes an in-depth rethinking of one’s musical behaviour and its function within the larger social fabric.”

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Concerts:

Portland – 8pm, Friday, November 16th, St. Mary’s Cathedral
Seattle – 8pm, Saturday, November 17th, St. James Cathedral

About Ensemble Organum

We are very excited about our upcoming concert featuring Marcel Pérès, so we wanted to share a little about his own ensemble — Ensemble Organum!

The Organum Ensemble was founded in 1982 by Marcel Pérès at Sénanque Abbay (France) and has been supported since 1984 by the Fondation Royaumont. The Ensemble develops programmes which combine the source material, in the form of musical scores, and the aesthetics of chanting preserved through oral traditions.

This approach has succeeded in infusing new life into medieval and early music. Of the long forgotten repertoires of the past only the written signs remain to indicate how the sound is produced. Yet this music now resounds with new inspiration.

The Organum Ensemble invites you to consider a new approach to the past. In this approach historical facts are perceived as events emerging in a continuous flux. The centuries are no longer frontiers; each new event becomes the expression of a privileged moment in which traditions meet, mingle, fade, disappear or endure, remaining distinct and perennial.

The ensemble has studied and developed most of the influential European repertoires since the VIth century. The field of investigation stretches to the three last centuries of the second millenium, highlighting the existence of enduring medieval aesthetics in certain circles until the last decades of the XXth century.

The ensembles’s discography presents works that span a period from the dawn of christianity to the XVIIIth century, with occasional incursions into the XXth century in the form of vocal or instrumental expertise that is still alive in certain countries today.

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Concerts:

Portland – 8pm, Friday, November 16th, St. Mary’s Cathedral
Seattle – 8pm, Saturday, November 17th, St. James Cathedral

Coming Soon – Santiago De Compostela

We’re only a month away from the start of the 2012-2013 Season as Marcel Pérès makes his Northwest and Cappella Romana debut directing an all-male chant ensemble in a program of medieval latin hymnody for St. James, sung directly from facsimilies of the Codex Calixtinus. This is the medieval manuscript that was only recently recovered after being stolen from the Cathedral of St. James in Compostela, Galicia!

Marcel Peres rarely travels to North America, and even more rarely directs groups other than his celebrated Ensemble Organum.

Perhaps the greatest iconoclast among the early music performers of his generation, Marcel Pérès, challenges his audience to rethink how we hear musical repertories from the tenth to the eighteenth centuries. After many years of planning, Cappella Romana has secured Monsieur Peres for a week’s residency culminating in performances of the Vespers of St. James.

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Concerts:

Portland – 8pm, Friday, November 16th, St. Mary’s Cathedral
Seattle – 8pm, Saturday, November 17th, St. James Cathedral

A “Look” at the Coming Concerts

The scores arrived in the mail today from France for the Vespers of St James program. These photos include the first few bars of the first known composition for three voices, the conductus ‘Congaudeant catholici’ (Let all Catholics rejoice together):

All the cool cats (from Greece) are coming to A Taste of Byzantium (this framed photograph courtesy of Stephanie Kramer, photographer, and Luke’s Frame Shop http://lukesframeshop.com/ in Portland). This is one of the items in the silent auction to raise funds for Cappella Romana on November 3!

Meet Marcel Pérès

2012-2013 Season opener features guest conductor Marcel Pérès conducting “Santiago De Compostela: Medieval Latin Chant for St. James” in his Cappella Romana debut. Meet this celebrated conductor:

Marcel Pérès, perhaps the greatest iconoclast among the early music performers of his generation, challenges his audience to rethink how we hear musical repertories from the tenth to the eighteenth centuries.

Pérès studied organ at the Conservatory of Nice, followed by advanced work at London’s Royal School of Church Music and the Studio of Ancient Music in Montreal. Upon his return to Europe in 1979, Pérès devoted his major efforts to the study and performance of various medieval repertories, seeking in each to meld musicological, theoretical, and performative perspectives to vivify the music of a particular place and time. In 1982, he founded the Ensemble Organum for these interpretive researches. Ensemble Organum moved from the Abbey of Sénanque to a permanent home at the Foundation Royaumont; Pérès serves as director of the Association pour la Recherche et l’Interprétation des Musiques Médiévales.” &mdash biography excerpted from Timothy Dickey on Allmusic.com

Concerts:

Portland – 8pm, Friday, November 16th, St. Mary’s Cathedral
Seattle – 8pm, Saturday, November 17th, St. James Cathedral