Four Motets for Lent (Complete Edition/English Text). By Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). Edited by Hugh Ross. For Choral (SATB). Choral. Sacred. 29 pages. Editions Salabert #SEAS16767X. Published by Editions Salabert (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.