‘Before the ending of the day’ with David Allinson online
Polyphony for Compline
28 October @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Compline is the final service of the day in the Christian monastic tradition, said or sung just before the community retires for the night. With its poetic words invoking sleep and praying for protection, Compline can be a meditative, spiritual experience, whatever one’s beliefs. In this live talk David will look briefly at the origins of the service before examining 16th centurylyphonic settings of hymns, responsories and antiphons such as Te lucis ante terminum by Thomas Tallis, In manus tuas by John Sheppard and Salva nos by Jean Mouton. The music is richly melodic, drawing on plainchant, full of consolation and warmth.