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Instruments of time & truth

A Tale of Two Cities

Fri 27 May 19:30 - 21:30

Instruments of Time and Truth
Oxford Consort of Voices
Edward Higginbottom, director

Campra Requiem
Handel Dixit Dominus

Paris and Rome around 1700: places of very different and distinctive musical cultures. The restrained yet highly emotive world of French musical manners is taken up by André Campra in his celebrated Requiem (1695), and the flamboyant extravaganza of Italian practice perfectly exemplified in Handel’s Dixit Dominus, a setting completed if not wholly written in Rome in 1707. These two works, highly contrasted and representing opposing aesthetics, are nevertheless united in their scoring (strings and voices in five parts, with divided violas), and observe a common pitch standard. These things are crucial, especially for the singers. By adopting what’s called the ‘low chamber pitch’ of the baroque (a whole tone below modern pitch), the music sits naturally for the voices – especially true for the Handel which is otherwise always performed too high even by period ensembles.


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Fri 27 May
19:30 - 21:30
£39, £32, £24, £20 and concessions


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St John the Evangelist church, 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, OX4 1EH


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