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St Faith's Church
|Palestrina meets Stravinsky: FifteenB Consort at the Herne Hill Festival|
|Unless you’re actually performing it liturgically, it’s very difficult to know what to do with sacred music these days. The masses of Palestrina, the motets of Byrd, the cantatas of Bach – all seem to merit our attention today, but not for the religious reasons for which they were originally written. Without its original sacred context, however, a Renaissance mass – to take one example – is an extremely strange thing. Sitting back in rapt silence and listening to it straight through, as one does with a Beethoven symphony, is anachronistic to say the least.|
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