Music for the Magi
Sunday, January 5, 3:00 p.m., St. Bernadette Church
70 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, MD (just off the Beltway, free parking)
Byrd Gradualia Propers for Epiphany
Epiphany motets of Handl, Lassus, Victoria, Poulenc, Bach, Cornelius, Willan
and music for another star --
Victoria Missa Ave maris stella
* Byrd's Gradualia, a monumental collection of settings of the Propers for the major
feasts of the whole liturgical year, was the crowning masterpiece of his career. The
Epiphany Propers celebrate the coming of the Wise Men to Bethlehem.
* The story of the Magi inspired great Renaissance polyphony, and also wonderful
Lutheran chorales and 20th century motets. Chantry pairs its usual repertoire with
some related later works.
* For Renaissance artists and musicians, the Star of Bethlehem that led the Wise
Men was related to another star, Mary the Star of the Sea.
* Chantry also sings this music for a special Latin Mass in the Extraordinary
Form at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, at St. Mary
Mother of God, 727 Fifth St. NW (at H St.) in Washington, DC.