Friday, August 26, 2016

“Missa Dulcis Amica Dei,” St. Louis Church, Pittsford, New York

Saint Louis parish in Pittsford, New York (Diocese of Rochester), highlighted the musical legacy of its patron saint with a patronal feast-day Missa Cantata on August 25th, featuring music from the Sainte-Chapelle, the shrine built by St. Louis IX to house the Crown of Thorns and a piece of the True Cross. A schola led by Dr. Aaron James sang the “Missa Dulcis amica Dei” by Pierre Certon, the master of the choristers at Sainte-Chapelle from 1536 to 1572. The music was newly transcribed from its sixteenth-century sources for this occasion. Father Peter Mottola, parochial vicar, was the celebrant.

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