Duruflé’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Motets on Palm Sunday at Washington National Cathedral

On Sunday, April 2, Washington National Cathedral will present a special Palm Sunday concert at 4 pm that features two of the greatest Parisian composers in the 20th century, Maurice Duruflé and Francis Poulenc, featuring the Cathedral choir.

For friends of the French-American Cultural Foundation and the Embassy of France, the Cathedral is offering a special 10% discount on all tickets.

Poulenc and Duruflé pioneered new forms of musical expression within the Roman Catholic Church. Duruflé, whose “Requiem” is built exclusively on the Gregorian Mass for the Dead, created a thoroughly modern expression of an ancient music form. Poulenc took inspiration for his four motets from Scripture, particularly texts used during Holy Week: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

The Cathedral has more information here, as well as a quick preview of this amazing music. Tickets range from $20 to $85 and can be purchased here. To take advantage of this special discount, enter code FRENCH10 at checkout.

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