About This Polyphony Weekend
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You are invited to join others interested in sacred Renaissance polyphony for a weekend singing the music of Heinrich Isaac. The occasion is the 15th annual Renaissance Polyphony Weekend at the University of Dallas, led by Dr. William Mahrt of Stanford University.
Note the Renaissance Polyphony Weekend 2005 is scheduled for February 25-27, later than in recent years because of the 2005 Easter and Lenten schedule. The mass will be Mass for the Third Sunday in Lent by Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517), from his Choralis Constantinus.
The singer's retreat will conclude with a celebrated Latin Mass at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 202 S. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, Sunday, February 27, time to be announced (probably 6:00 pm). The Isaac Mass will provide the ordinary of the Latin Mass. The retreat choir will also prepare some Gregorian chants and a variety of motets to be sung within the Mass.
Retreat sessions will begin the evening of Friday, February 25 on the University of Dallas campus; they will continue Saturday morning and afternoon. So that voices do not become fatigued, breaks and/or discussions of the music will occur during rehearsals.
After a Sunday morning rehearsal (for those with no church music commitments) and a Sunday afternoon rehearsal/warmup at UD, retreat participants will sing the Mass.
All music will be rehearsed and performed a capella. Participants need not be professional singers, but should be proficient readers with a good sense of pitch.
We will follow the Saturday afternoon rehearsal with wine and cheese for all participants.
The weekend retreat is sponsored by the University of Dallas
Music Department, Dallas Renaissance and Medieval Music,
the Texas Toot, and the Renaissance Polyphony Project.
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