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Lamentation: a series of musical meditations

March 5, 2022 @ 11:30 am


The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in the 6th century BC was what provoked the writing of ‘The Lamentations’.  Modern scholarship suggests it is unlikely that they were written by the prophet Jeremiah and may have been five separate poems by five separate authors.  They are in fact acrostic poems in the original Hebrew: each line starts with the next letter of the alphabet.  Most composers in the Renaissance period set these letters to music.

This meditation of readings and music by Thomas Tallis, Michel Delalande and Osbert Parsley (our own Norwich composer who was a ‘singing man’ in the Cathedral Choir for fifty years, as his memorial in the Cathedral tells us) provides us all with a space, appropriate to the season of Lent, to reflect in particular on the words used by the composers as a ‘chorus’ to their works: ‘Return unto the Lord thy God’.

The same music will be sung each week, and each meditation lasts 20 minutes.  The Eucharist follows at noon for those who wish to stay.


March 5, 2022
11:30 am
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