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Choral Concert - Stanisław Moniuszko Birth Bicentenary
Event type: Choral concert
Hall: Concert Hall
Subscription: K2 - Chamber music concerts
Price: 25-60 zł


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Though the initiates – musicologists and musicians – are well aware that Stanisław Moniuszko’s oeuvre is not limited to the operas, the general public remembers him nearly exclusively as the composer of Halka and The Haunted Manor. These two works, arguably his best and most important, are now household names, but the composer would perhaps have been more grateful for reviving another part of his output. Working in Vilnius in 1849–1855 (he was an organist in the church of SS John the Baptist and John the Evangelist), Stanisław Moniuszko composed, among others, the four Litanies of Ostra Brama for solo voices, choir and orchestra – highly original in the way they set the text of the prayer. The first of them was scored for a rather modest ensemble, but the third is very grand, with an important role entrusted to the wind section and the timpani. The Litanies were performed for the November feast of the Protection of Our Most Holy Lady in the context of the cult of the miraculous image of Mater Misericordiae in the chapel of Ostra Brama. This solemn 19th‑ century ceremony was suggestively described by the poet Władysław Syrokomla: “For eight days, the church and the street are full of people [...] many thousands come to pray every day. The crowd [...] comes together at the feet of the Mother of us all and we become one Christian family, our hearts strike a common chord and beseech the Mother of Mercy for support. [...] Vespers are held inside the church. When they end, the celebrant – usually the Bishop of Vilnius in his pontifical clothes – enters the chapel of Ostra Brama. The city’s best artists perform the litany with the local orchestra. The litany being finished, the priest summons God’s support and addresses the people. Visible to everyone, he blesses those praying for the city. A solemn silence follows.”

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