The Pipe Organ in China Project Website: Updates for April 2023.

29 April 2023

There are no significant updates to the POCP Website for April 2023. A new photo has been added to PEK2016a, and the page rearranged.

Vox Antiqua has begun to post some video clips from the Jesuita Cantat: Music from the Shanghai Missions ca. 1860 concert that took place as part of the Hymnos Festival in Hong Kong in November 2022, conducted by Project founder, Prof. David Francis Urrows.

The first of two clips available on their Facebook page is the well-known chant, O Filii et Filliae, sung in Mandarin Chinese in the 1780 translation by Jean-Martin Moyë MEP (1730-93). This was performed in the metrical plainchant version by Louis Lambillotte SJ (1797-1855), which would have been known to the Shanghai Jesuit community of the 1850s and 60s. It was mentioned in the letters of Fr. François Ravary, the mastermind of the ‘Bamboo Organs of Shanghai’, as having been sung in Shanghai under his direction.

The second work is Lambillotte’s own beautiful setting of Panis Angelicus. The links are:

Prof. Urrows’ 2021 book, François Ravary SJ and a Sino-European Musical Culture in Nineteenth-Century Shanghai, on which this concert was based, has now been published in a paperback edition, at half the price of the hardcover book. Please see this link for ordering:

A follow-up concert, Jesuita Cantat 2.0, is planned for this coming November in Hong Kong, featuring more music by Lambillotte, Chinese sacred music from the 19th C., the first Messe royale of Henry du Mont (1610-84) in the reconstructed 1857 Shanghai version, a work by Lambillotte’s student, Jules Dufour d’Astafort, and du Mont’s Cantate Domino. Stay tuned!

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