Lamentations et Leçons de Ténèbres

Lamentations and Tenebrae

During the 17th century and beyond, France was practically inundated with 'Leçons de Ténèbres," fanciful Baroque settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, heard at Tenebrae, the three services of Holy Week, giving rise to a very particular ambience. Couperin, Charpentier, Lambert, Lalande, and many other composers have followed in the footsteps of predecessors as diverse as Dufay, Roland de Lassus, and Thomas Tallis. Added to this selection is a number of other haunting examples of lamentations that complete the mood.

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