Église Saint-Paul
Sep 26Oct 10, 2021
5:00 PM

Part of the Musica Festival


Directeur musical Alphonse Cemin


Ted Hearne

Alto Joachim Angster Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg - Maîtrise de l'Opéra national du Rhin

Its Motion Keeps
Caroline Shaw

Mezzo-soprano Elsa Roux Chamoux Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg - Maîtrise de l'Opéra national du Rhin

Passion de la petite fille aux allumettes
David Lang

Soprano, grelots Lauranne Oliva Mezzo-soprano, crotales Elsa Roux Chamoux Ténor, glockenspiel Damian Arnold Baryton, grosse caisse, cloches tubulaires Oleg Volkov


Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Match Girl is a squalid tale of a barefoot child wandering the snow-covered streets of Copenhagen. Numb with cold, she warms herself by burning her last matches. Each tiny flame offers a briefly comforting vision. David Lang lends this tale a mystical dimension by overlaying it with excerpts from the text of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. This poignant secular passion is accompanied by evocative works for a children’s choir by two contemporary American composers.

David Lang, The Little Match Girl Passion, for four solo voices with percussion (2007)
Caroline Shaw, Its Motion Keeps, for children’s choir and alto solo (2013)
Ted Hearne, Ripple, for children’s choir (2012)
With the singers of La Maîtrise (the OnR youth chorus) and the OnR Opéra Studio
Musical direction by Alphonse Cemin

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