Music for Holy Week sung by the Chapelle du Roi,
heard by ROBERT HUGILL
Tenebrae is the service held on the last three days of Holy Week (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday), though the service is generally held on the evening of the previous day. It represents a combination of the services of Matins and Lauds and, as such, comprises of Psalms, Readings and Responds. The readings are taken from the Book of Lamentations. A notable feature of the service is the use of candles and the way that they are progressively extinguished.
The service seems to have inspired composers over the years, and there is a substantial body of music from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, not only settings of the responds but the readings as well...
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