Bourgie Hall presents

Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM)

Des pieds à la tête

Written for Holy Week, the cycle Membra Jesu Nostri, which Dietrich Buxtehude composed in Lübeck in 1680, consists of seven short cantatas written on spiritual poems attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux, with each one serving as a meditation on the wounds on the different parts of Christ’s crucified body, from the feet to the head. Written for devotional purposes, this work is a masterpiece of Lutheran music: the voices, violins, and violas da gamba come together in a variety of ways and with an expressive intensity that are altogether unique.

Marie Magistry and Stephanie Manias, soprano
Josée Lalonde, alto
Michiel Schrey, tenor
Normand Richard, bass

Tanya Laperrière, violin and viola d’amore
Guillaume Villeneuve, violin
Susie Napper, viola da gamba
Mélisande Corriveau and Marie-Laurence Primeau, violas
Christophe Gauthier, organ

Andrew McAnerney, direction

The SMAM and Bourgie Hall wish to dedicate this concert to the memory of Réjean Poirier, co-founder of the SMAM.

The seven cantatas of Buxtehue’s Membra Jesu nostri (BuxWV  75) by Dietrich Buxtehude (1680)
Cantate I, Ad pedes
Cantate II, Ad genua
Cantate III, Ad manus
Cantate IV, Ad latus
Cantate V, Ad pectus
Cantate VI, Ad cor
Cantate VII, Ad faciem

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