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HARMONIA CAELESTIS – Advent musical devotion in the Great Church

“Harmonia Caelestis” …. The title of this musical collection is often seen in concert programs during the Advent season, but in many cases, only a few well-known excerpts from Pál Esterházy’s cycle are performed.

This occasion is a special opportunity to take a closer look at the little-known Baroque music tradition of our country: a 40-minute selection of this excellent church music series, with beautiful arias, duets, and ensembles.

“Although 5-6 singers would have been enough to perform the work, based on the desired genres, this time the task is divided among the 17 singers of the Faculty of Music of the University of Debrecen, as this is also a chamber music studio for them, in which each of them takes part for a few movements.” – Zoltán Bolyky, conductor of the performance, said.

From contemplative prayers to joyful duets and majestic ensembles, we will discover the diversity of Pál Esterházy’s creative and editorial work, and the atmosphere of church music of the 1700s. The singers will be joined by a chamber ensemble formed by students of the Faculty of Music and Gergő Csorba, organist of the Great Church. In addition to the conductor of the performance, the singers will be coached by Edit Hruby and Cs. Nagy Ildikó.

“Laetare cor meum, venit redemptio…”, i.e. “Rejoice, my heart, salvation has come…” – we will hear the soaring duet of soprano singers on the second Sunday of Advent in the Reformed Church of Debrecen.