Complete Edition/English Text. Composed by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). Edited by Hugh Ross. Choral. Sacred. 29 pages. Editions Salabert #SEAS16767X. Published by Editions Salabert (HL.50483213).
Item Number: HL.50483213
The pain and suffering of Passiontide is evoked in the austere texts of these four motets. Using somber, bittersweet harmonies and angular melodies alongside more comfortable, chorale-like textures, Poulenc creates rapid, effective changes of mood. Though the performance of this music is challenging, its passionate spirituality makes the task worthwhile.