The Dark Hours


Program Notes

The Dark Hours

Faithful to the Tenebrae tradition, underlining the echo between voice and continuo, Lalande brings out...

The Dark Hours

Le Poème Harmonique

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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        Our favorite French early-music band returns with another evocative, candlelit performance. Lalande was the leading French composer of sacred music during the 18th century, and he wrote with an emphasis on the female voice that was unusual for his time—perhaps inspired by the vocal talents of his wife and daughters. Morroccan soprano Hasnaa Bennani makes her Miller debut, lending her “beautiful, golden” soprano to these Leçons de ténèbres, or “Lessons of Darkness,” based on the Lamentations of Jeremiah after the destruction of Jerusalem.


  • Anonymous Psalm In te Domine Speravi in faux bourdon
  • Michel-Richard de Lalande Troisième leçon de Ténèbres du Jeudi (for solo voice)
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier Septième méditation – neuvième méditation
  • Michel-Richard de Lalande Miserere mei Deus