Musica Sacra - Sacrifice of Love

By Conservatorium Maastricht and Maastricht Academy of Performing Arts

During the Musica Sacra festival, six string players from Conservatorium Maastricht with two performers and a designer from the Academy of Performing Arts will perform the Late-Romantic Verklärte Nacht by Arnold Schönberg, after a poem by Richard Dehmel, at an extraordinary location.

The basic form of the music was taken from the overall layout of Dehmel’s poem: a conversation between two people in love, with the woman expecting another man's child.

From Theater aan het Vrijthof, a coach leaves at 19:30 for the extraordinary location where this performance will take place.

Musical rehearsal/coaching: Henk Guittart
Direction: Woody Richardson Laurens

15-18 September 2016, 19:30, departure from Theater aan het Vrijthof Maastricht, €14 (reservations)

18 September 2016, 10:00, St Jan's Church, free admission
Service in St Jan's church with the cooperation of the Conservatorium Maastricht Choir conducted by Ludo Claesen. The Conservatorium Maastricht Choir will sing part of the concert programme which will be performed that afternoon at 13:15 in the Basilica of St Servatius (see concert on Sunday 18 September 13:15).

18 September 2016, 13:15, Basilica of St Servatius, €10

Finzi’s anthem is an arrangement of poetic translations of hymns by Thomas Aquinas about the eucharist as a sacrifice of love. Samuel Barber's Agnus Dei is an arrangement of his famous Adagio for Strings. In This have I done for my true love by Gustav Holst, it slowly becomes clear that Christ himself is speaking, and ‘my true love’ is mankind.


Gustav Holst - This have I done for my true love
Samuel Barber - Agnus Dei
Gerald Finzi - Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice