Poulenc Gloria & Durufle Requiem – Nov 2023

PoulencPoulenc Sunday November 19th 2023, at 4pm DurufleDurufle
St Paul’s Church, Church Street, Royton,Oldham. OL2 5JS
Poulenc’s Gloria
The “Gloria” is one of the century’s most performed large scale choral works. It was commissioned by the Koussevitsky Music foundation for the Boston Symphony and written in 1960, with its premier in 1961.

Poulenc’s Gloria has 6 movements and is a mixture of styles and tonality. In places it is lush and sentimental; in places it is dissonant; in places it is joyous and dance-like. Sometimes it sounds like Stravinsky, sometimes Debussy. There are beautiful melodic lines in the orchestra and there are fun repeated phrases in the choir. He employs dissonances for coloristic effect. He loves using seventh and ninths chords, often a tonic major seventh chord

Durufle’s Requiem
In 1947 when he completed his Requiem, Maurice Durufle (1902-1986) was Professor of Harmony at the Paris Conservatoire and organist at the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont.  Because he was a perfectionist he published rather few works and this is probably the most famous of them.  The music is based on themes from Gregorian chants, so despite its modernity it has a distinctly monastic feel.
Kerry Firth Soprano
Duncan Robertson Piano
Gary Hulme Organist
David Cain Conductor
Adults: £10. Children 12 and under: £1
Tickets are available from Choir members and our Ticket Secretary on 0161 797 3583