Discover works by two very different composers writing in the turbulent years of the early twentieth century as Epsom Chamber Choir launches its new season. Under guest conductor James Henshaw, the choir showcases the music of Englishman Hubert Parry and Italian Ildebrando Pizzetti.
Hubert Parry is most famously known for his setting of Blake’s poem Jerusalem. Parry was also a key figure in the British musical establishment in the years leading up to and encompassing the First World War. His Songs of Farewell, written during the war, were inspired by the metaphysical poets and by Psalm 39. Each song is exquisitely crafted to reflect the emotional intensity of a man in the final years of his life.
In his setting of the Requiem Mass, Pizzetti’s inspiration comes from the masters of Italian Renaissance music. This beautiful and evocative work features polyphony, plainchant and modal tonalities.