Musique Saint Bernard presents Responsio Aug. 25

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Musique Saint Bernard hosts a concert featuring Responsio by composer Peter Togni, a work for bass clarinet and vocal quartet on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m.


On Sunday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m., Musique Saint Bernard will present Responsio, a work created by composer Peter Togni.

The work is scored for vocal quartet and clarinet.

It is a response to the medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame, one of the masterpieces of medieval music. Togni reworked the piece by embellishing the chant melodies and commenting poetically on the texts, through the music.

Performers include Jeff Reilly on clarinet and a vocal quartet that includes Acadian soprano, Suzie Leblanc, Andrea Ludwig, mezzo-soprano, Charles Daniels, tenor and John Potter, tenor.

The composer writes that Responsio, “comments, refutes, challenges and embellishes the bare medieval voice of Guillaume de Machaut and his medieval masterpiece the Messe de Nostre Dame.”

“ Juxtaposing bursts of bass clarinet improvisation against through composed choral material, Responsio casts the role of the bass clarinettist into that of a time traveller, bringing forward Machaut’s beautiful 14th creation into the heart of the 21st century.”

Machaut's 14th century creation will be brought into the heart of the 21st century through the voice of the bass clarinet and the potent resource of a world-class vocal quartet, said Lorelei Robins, director of Musique Saint Bernard.

She said the solemn and acoustically acclaimed church at Saint Bernard is “a most fitting setting” for this piece of music.

Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for students and $5.00 for children. The group cannot accommodate debit or credit card payments.

This is the only concert on this year’s schedule for Musique Saint Bernard.

Robins said the group has been regrouping, and though mostly silent, still exists.

She said the Responsio offers the perfect opportunity to entice people back to Saint Bernard church for a moving experience.


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