Capella Gabrieli sings Miserere

Allegri, Palestrina, Tallis, Monteverdi, Buxtehude, Telemann, Verdi

8:15 pm, Friday 13 November 2009
Eendrachtskerk, Eendrachtsstraat 95, Rotterdam (map). Entrance: €10.
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3 pm, 15 November 2009
St. Josephkerk, Jansstraat 41, Haarlem (route, kaart). Entrance: donation.

The Sistine Chapel’s secret music

This is not an announcement of Dan Brown’s new book; it is Cappella Gabrieli’s next concert. We will be singing the famous piece of music that for a long time was only performed in the Sistine Chapel, and in the dark, no less.

Cappella Gabrieli

Cappella Gabrieli. Photo:

Pope Urbanus VIII was so attached to the piece that he decreed that the work not be performed outside the Vatican. Those who disobeyed would be excommunicated. The sheet music was kept under lock and key.

Sopranos and altos

Sopranos and altos. Photos:

Naturally enough, Mozart was the little smart alec who got hold of the music. He heard the piece, went home and transcribed what he had heard from memory. Without a single mistake. So the story goes, at least.

The piece is still performed each year in the Sistine Chapel on Good Friday. However, times have changed, as the even the Vatican well knows, and Allegri’s wonderful Miserere is now widely available, from paper to iPod.

Tenors and basses

Tenors and basses. Photo:

Nevertheless, the best way to hear the piece is the old-fashioned way, in a church, which is what is was made for. Here is your chance: on 13 and 15 November, the Rotterdam chamber choir directed by Maarten Michielsen will perform the famous piece, as well as more beautiful sacred music, by Palestrina, Tallis, Monteverdi, Buxtehude, Telemann and Verdi.

Ready to sing MiserereReady to sing Miserere

Ready to sing Miserere. Photos: Peter Hilton

Entrance in Rotterdam costs ten Euro per person. The church in Haarlem requests a voluntary contribution towards restoring the organ.

Text: Dick van Teylingen. English translation: Peter Hilton.


Missa super ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’

Pulchræ sunt genæ tuæ
Sancta Maria
Spernit Deus

Deus tu convertens
Sicut cervus
Sitivit anima mea

Psalm Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter

Missa Brevis

Gregorio Allegri: