If ever someone set out to demonstrate the joy of singing in polyphony, Monteverdi’s Missa In illo tempore – published together with his famous Vespers and dedicated to Pope Paul V – would be a natural choice.
With incredible six-part detail and the contrapuntal skill the composer was so keen to show off to Rome, its gloriously harmonious part-writing glows from beginning to end. Set within the context of Easter and the Gombert motet on which it’s based, Monteverdi’s mass still sounds as new as the day it was written.
Gombert: In illo tempore
Monteverdi: Missa In illo tempore
Antony Pitts: Thou wast present as on this day
Blackheath: Saturday 2nd April, 3.00pm Blue Mountains Uniting Church
Wollongong: Sunday 3rd April, 3.00pm Wollongong ART Gallery
Sydney: Wednesday 30th March, 7.30pm St Mary's Crypt
Sydney: Sunday 10th April, 3.00pm Independent Theatre North Sydney
Berry: Thursday 7th April, 7.00pm Berry Uniting Church