Sydney Antiphony Explores Transience Through Music

In the Midst of Life - 2

For their second concert of 2015, Sydney Antiphony presents works by composers spanning 500 years, all exploring the inescapable human truth: the transience of our existence.

At its centre, the concert features John Sheppard’s masterful Media Vita (‘In the midst of life we are in death’), a work groundbreaking in its length, structure and expressive power.

Alongside this are two Australian premieres: Michael Finnissy’s Seven Sacred Motets, a daring set of Marian antiphons with exquisite text and florid lines, and Sir James MacMillan’s Invocation, based on the beautiful poetry of Pope John Paul II.

The concert will also feature Australian composer Brooke Shelley’s darkly beautiful Ave Maris Stella, as well as other Renaissance works including Byrd’s legendary and expressive motet, Ne Irascaris Domine.

The programme:

BYRD Ne Irascaris Domine/FINNISSY Seven Sacred Motets/MACMILLAN Invocation/SHELLEY Ave Maris Stella/SHEPPARD In Pace/SHEPPARD Media Vita

Tickets: $20/10 at the door or at

Image supplied: Caspar David Friedrich (German, 1774 – 1840), A Walk at Dusk, ca.1830 – 1835, Oil on canvas, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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