A Performance of Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Howard Goodall’s “Eternal Light – A Requiem”.
Vivaldi’s “Gloria” needs little introduction, and is one of the most popular works in the classical choral repertoire. Vivaldi was employed for many years at an orphanage school in Venice, where he composed the Gloria amongst an enormous quantity of music during the early part of the 18th century. The orphanage had a renowned orchestra and choir, for whom most of his music was written.
“Eternal Light” is unlike the great Requiems of Mozart and Verdi, which offer prayers of salvation for the departed. Goodall’s work is intended to provide solace to the grieving.
Goodall writes that a modern Requiem is one that acknowledges the unbearable loss and emptiness that accompanies the death of a loved one. The text is a mixture of liturgical Latin and English poetry.
Beverley Minster is the Parish Church of St. John and St. Martin and was erected between 1220 and 1425. As a place of worship within the heart of the Beverley community, the minster attracts visitors from around the world. The minster is also host to a number of community, arts and cultural events.