Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Renaissance polyphony weekend, Dallas

The University of Dallas is sponsoring a Renaissance Polyphony weekend, February 20, that ends in a Mass, February 22, 2009. The choir will sing Lasso's Missa Il me suffit, under the direction of William Mahrt.

The brochure reads:

“Lasso’s Missa Il me suffit is a classic parody Mass, based on a popular chanson of the day (Il me Suffit by Claudin de Sermisy),” Dr. Mahrt comments. “As such, the Mass provides the occasion for reflecting upon the interaction between sacred and secular elements in the liturgy. Being based on a popular tune, it raises the question of the appropriateness of such an incorporation. Yet, the process of incorporation includes the transformation of secular elements by sacred styles and conventions and amounts to a ‘sacralization’ of the secular elements, which still remain familiar and recognizable.”

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