Complete Palestrina Offertories 2018-19

Over the 2018-19 liturgical year, Westminster Cathedral Choir will embark on a major project to perform Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina's magnum opus, the Offertoria Totius Anni.

Palestrina is considered widely as the master of Renaissance polyphonic composition, and his final published collection, the Offertoria, sums up his style perhaps like no other collection. The set of 68 motets set most of the offertory texts for the liturgical year, including all the major feasts and commons. The collection shows Palestrina at his most efficient and concise style of writing, and provides a huge variety of polyphony for liturgical use.

Starting on Advent Sunday 2018 with the Offertory for Advent I (Ad te levavi), Westminster Cathedral Choir will sing all 68 motets over the next 12 months. Roughly half will be performed by the full choir of boys and men, and the other half by men's voices. 

For full details of the motets and their performance dates, please see the list of motets.


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