Mass in E minor & Motets
Saturday 27 June 2020 at 7:30pm
  Date:  Saturday 27 June 2020
  Time: 7:30pm
  Venue:  St Matthew’s Church, Kettering Road, Northampton, NN1 4RY
Tickets:  TBA    
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Additional Information:
St Matthew's Church is wheelchair accessible and there is a toilet suitable for all mobility needs in the Church. There is plenty of on-street parking around the church, but please allow sufficient time to park your car.

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Previous Concert
One of Bruckner’s most remarkable works, the Mass in E minor (1866-82) was composed for the dedication of the votive chapel in the (then) new Linz Cathedral. It is composed for the unusual combination of eight-part chorus and fifteen wind instruments; indeed the choice of wind instruments is itself unusual - oboes, clarinets and bassoons (but not flutes), with horns, trumpets, and trombones. It is based strongly on old-church music tradition, and particularly old Gregorian style singing. The Kyrie is almost entirely made up of a cappella singing for eight voices, the Gloria ends with a fugue, as in Bruckner's other masses, and in the Sanctus, Bruckner uses a theme from Palestrina’s Missa Brevis. In the climactic moments all voice parts reach the very highest points in their voices, in remarkable sequences of suspensions and resolutions. Alongside the Mass, which lasts around 45 minutes, the choir sing a selection of Bruckner’s unaccompanied motets, and our Musical Director performs a selection of his organ works.


Northampton Bach Choir

Conductor -
Lee Dunleavy

A Chronological Exploration of Bruckner’s Motets

Pange lingua, WAB 33 (1835)
Prelude, Fugue, and Postlude, WAB 130/125/126 (1847)
Ave Maria, WAB 6 (1861)
Locus iste, WAB 23 (1869)
Os justi meditabitur, WAB 30 (1879)
Christus factus est, WAB 11 (1884)
Vexilla Regis, WAB 51 (1892)

Followed, after the Interval, by his Choral Masterpiece

Mass No. 2 in E minor, WAB 27 (1866, rev. 1882)
for eight-part chorus and fifteen wind instruments