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O sacrum convivium! Latin : O sacred banquet is a short offertory motet for four-part mixed chorus by French composer Olivier Messiaen , setting " O sacrum convivium ". It was composed and published in He was a faithful Catholic for life,  and composed many works related to religious topics throughout his life. However, he never wrote any other sacred compositions meant to be performed in liturgy. I understand completely your desire to renew the liturgy and your horror of recent hymns — which I share!
I think it would be unsingable by a congregation and also by young children. Even though the piece ultimately became popular, the initial copy printing took over sixteen years to sell. It was reprinted eighteen times between January and December , with a total of over , copies in print. This seven-minute, bar piece is scored for four-part mixed chorus. Messiaen stated that four unspecified solo voices could also be a suitable scoring for the piece, along with an optional accompaniment of an organ ad libitum , which is unusually flexible for Messiaen.
Since the date of its first known performance, Messiaen performed the piece together with either Mme Bourdette-Vial or Lucile Darlay, Messiaen also accepted a different scoring variation: soprano and organ. Later in his life, however, in , he listed the composition as being a work for "mixed chorus a cappella", and this is the way the composition is most performed today. For that reason, the amount of eighth notes per bar varies greatly along the piece. The text is taken from " O sacrum convivium ", a Latin text celebrating the Blessed Sacrament.
This was the first time for Messiaen to have used a Latin text, instead of a text in French. A mainly tonal work a trait of earlier works that he progressively abandoned decades later , it is in F-sharp major , Messiaen's favorite tonality. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the choral composition by Olivier Messiaen. For the original Latin prose text, see O sacrum convivium. Choral composition by Olivier Messiaen. University of Denver. Retrieved 12 April University of California Press.
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O sacrum convivium
Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.
It is included as an antiphon to Magnificat in the vespers of the liturgical office on the feast of Corpus Christi. The text of the office is attributed with some probability to Saint Thomas Aquinas. O sacrum convivium exists in Gregorian and Ambrosian chant forms. Some of the many composers who have set the text are as follows:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.