Four Motets for Lent
Tristis est anima mea. Composed by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). Choral. Sacred. 4 pages. Editions Salabert #SLB5246. Published by Editions Salabert (HL.50407100).
Item Number: HL.50407100
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.