C7 Prayers of the 20th Century – Prayers of Our Time
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  • Csemiczky Miklós: Pater noster
  • Arvo Pärt: Bogoroditse Djevo - „Mother of God and Virgin”
  • Vic Nees: Concerto per la Beata Vergine 3rd part - Oboe solso e coro msito
  • Paul Hindemith: Judaskuß - in Zwölf Madrigale Nr. 8
  • Gyöngyösi Levente: Agnus Dei
  • John Tavener: Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God (from the Two Hymns to the Mother of God - 2nd part)
  • Erzsébet Szőnyi: Ima alkonyi harangszóra
  • Kocsár Miklós: Hegyet hágék, lőtőt lépék


The repertoire of this atelier reflects the feelings of mankind of the 20th century, the fullness of life through the prayers sung together. Tragedy and sacrifice, devotion and exultant joy fills our days, and it multiplies our desire as expressed in the last words of the Mass: “Dona Nobis Pacem” – “Give us peace!”.

Prayers, composed into music by European composers, will be performed in a loose timeline. Two pieces, chosen from the beginning of the 20th century, reflect the two opposite sides of the biblical Passion scene. Poulenc’s motet from the Holy Thursday responsory evokes Jesus’ painful words: “Vinea mea electa...” – “O vineyard, my chosen one. I planted thee. How is thy sweetness turned into bitterness?” In Hindemith’s piece Judaskuss, the treacherous disciple speaks with unresolved bitterness: “It had to happen to me in order that the scriptures should be fulfilled.” The believer's soul in dramatic life situations often turns to the Creator God with the prayer learned from Jesus and with its eternal words of Pater Noster. The piece by Miklós Csemiczky – with its surging harmonies – soothes people battered by horror. Perhaps we pray even more frequently to the intercessor Mother of God, Mary, as she is the eternal example of sacrificial love for the people. Vic Nees’ jubilant work, O gloriosa virginum – the third movement of the Concerto per la beata Vergine choral suite –, is coloured by a virtuoso oboe solo. Arvo Pärt’s piece was composed on the well-known text of the Annunciation: “Bogoroditse Djevo …” – “Hail Mary”. This brilliant piece reflects the harmonies of Orthodox choral music and the style shows similarities to Tavener’s song of Mary: A Hymn to the Mother of God.

Biblical psalms offer a set of spiritual wealth and wisdom, which are a source of mental nutriment and which serve as inspiration for many composers. György Orbán composed his dramatic motet Cor mundum based on the verses of Psalm 50, so we can join him in prayer for the rejuvenation of our soul: “Create in me a new heart, O God …”. The third outstanding composer representing contemporary Hungarian musicians, Levente Gyöngyösi – at the age of 21 – composed a Mass in honour of Claudio Monteverdi for the 500th anniversary (1596 : 1996) of his visit in Hungary. The passionate closing movement has been selected for the repertoire of this atelier, praying, begging for peace: “Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem” – “Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us”. Finally, we will close our contemporary prayer repertoire with Górecki’s Amen.

Atelier conductor:
Éva KOLLÁR Short bio
Length: 7 days
Start date of atelier: Saturday 25 July
final performance: Friday 31 July
Category: mixed
Age: open