Petrarca & Palestrina

20:15, Saturday, 19 November 2016
Dorpskerk Kethel, Noordeinde 10, 3121 KG Schiedam-Kethel (map)

15:00, Sunday, 20 November 2016
Onze Lieve Vrouwe-Kerk, Kerkplein 7, 3211 AR Geervliet (map).

Entrance: €15.

For centuries, Petrarch’s sonnets were a source of inspiration for composers such as Willaert, De Rore and Conversi, whose work we’ll hear in this concert.

The latest addition to this tradition of Petrarch settings is three madrigals by Joop Voorn. Voorn has beautifully set three poems from the Canzone alla Vergine (Song to the Virgin Mary) to music. These madrigals all express the intimacy of Petrarch’s verse.

The programme further features Palestrina’s famous 1582 Missa O Magnum Mysterium. This is a so-called parody mass: a mass that incorporates the musical themes from an existing piece of music. Palestrina based the mass, in this case, on one of his own motets.


Joop Voorn (1932):
Vergine bella
Vergine pura
Vergine sancta

Girolamo Conversi (1571 - 1575):
Zefiro torna

Giovanni Gabrieli (c. 1554/1557 – 1612):
Lieto godea

Cipriano de Rore (c.1515 - 1565):
L’alto signor dinanzi a cui non vale
Donec gratus eram tibi

Adrian Willaert (c.1490 - 1562):
Ove ch'i posi gli occhi - Amor e'l ver fur meco
Pien d'un vago pensier - Ben, s'io non erro


Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594):
Missa O Magnum Mysterium