Vox Luminis: Royal Funeral Music
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Early Music

Renowned ensembles from all over the globe explore the musical riches of the pre-Classical era, from Medieval...

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Vox Luminis: Royal Funeral Music

“Morley conveys beautifully the sense of grief at the inevitability of death mingled with the hope...

Early Music

Vox Luminis: Royal Funeral Music

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

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For 16th and 17th century royalty, funeral rituals provided one last opportunity for earthly opulence. Vox Luminis explores the rich history of musical memorials, including Thomas Morley’s music for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth I, and Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien for Prince Heinrich von Reuss, who commissioned the piece as part of his elaborate funeral plans. Works by Purcell and Bach round out this poignant program that both mourns death and celebrates life.



  • J. S. Bach Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin
  • Heinrich Schütz Musikalische Exequien
  • Thomas Morley Music for the Funeral of Queen Elizabeth I
  • Henry Purcell Funeral Sentences

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