A Joyful Noyse presents

The German Klagelied:

Songs of Lament and Sorrow



February 23rd, 7:30pm in the Sanctuary

Hancock United Church of Christ, Congregational

1912 Massachusetts Ave. Lexington


During the forty days of Lent, music, just as other human activities and practices, was dramatically affected in 17th and 18th century Germany.  Opera was replaced by Passion oratorios.  Secular concerts were replaced by pious and devotional sacred music.

At the end of the 17th century the residents of Lübeck gathered at St. Mary’s Co8hurch to hear Dietrich Buxtehude’s sacred cycle Membra Jesu nostri.  Incorporating scripture and the text of the Medieval hymn Salve mundi salutare, each of the seven sections of the piece is a meditation on a part of Christ’s crucified body. In Dresden, during Holy Week in 1722, one could hear the haunting setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah composed by Jan Dismas Zelenka. The citizens of Hamburg and Berlin came to concert halls to hear the Passion oratorio Der Tod Jesu during the Lenten season of 1755.  Both Carl Heinrich Graun (Berlin) and Georg Philipp Telemann (Hamburg) had set the same text written by Karl Wilhelm Ramler to music, and premieres of the two settings occurred within a week of each other.

On Saturday, February 23, at 7:30PM, in the candlelit Sanctuary of Hancock Church, 1912 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA, you will have the opportunity to experience portions of these wonderfully emotive works presented by A Joyful Noyse.  Musical forces will include choir and soloists, with a period orchestra comprised of violins, viole da gamba, baroque flutes, recorders and harpsichord.  A donation of $10 will be accepted to help maintain the music programs at Hancock Church.