A Monk's Life: Music from the Cloisters

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Cloistered Voices

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Magdalen College Chapel


In the years following the Council of Trent (1545-63), Catholic monasteries in Germany and Austria sought to exemplify the ideas of the Counter-Reformation through renewal of the monastic liturgy, including its music. Works by famous composers such as Lassus played a key role, but many monks also composed with great skill. This programme explores their creativity by tracing the life of a monk from acceptance into the cloister through to assuming the role of abbot and finally entering the heavenly kingdom.