Voicescapes performs Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri

January 25, 2012 | By | Reply More

The Limbs of Our Jesus

Voicescapes brings to life Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri.


Unique seventeenth century cantatas by German-Danish organist and composer Dieterich Buxtehude to be performed by Calgary’s Voicescapes.

The Early Music Voices Concert Series presents Voicescapes with conductor Claude Lapalme performing Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri (The Limbs of Our Jesus) on February 4 at 8 p.m. at Christ Church Elbow Park.

The masterpiece is a cycle of seven cantatas composed by Buxtehude in 1680. Haunting, beautiful, playful and uplifting, it will transport and delight audiences with its variety of melodies and musical textures.

The work is divided into seven parts, each addressing a different part of Christ’s crucified body: feet, knees, hands, side, breast, heart, and head. In each part, biblical words referring to the limbs frame verses of the poem.

Membra Jesu Nostri is a cycle of seven cantatas composed by a German-Danish organist and composer Buxtehude in 1680.

Voicescapes was founded in 2000 by couples Christina Jahn and Paul Grindlay, and Julie Harris and Jerald Fast. Each singer brings a broad range of performing experience: from medieval ensembles to opera companies, from solo to choral work, spanning four continents.

For more information, visit voicescapes.ca.

Tickets are $25 for adults, and $20 for students and seniors. Call (403) 461-7726 or purchase at the door. For more information, call (403) 243-2332 or visit www.earlymusicvoices.ca.

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