silence #25: requiem for the oude kerk

1 November 2019

Silence #25 is a contemporary requiem, in which various musical traditions will resound. “Dies Irae” and “Lux Aeterna” will be sung in Gregorian Chant – the basis of the Roman Catholic music tradition. Psalms 22, 5 and 121, composed by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621), are a call for mercy and attention. Three compositions from the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (1935) will also be played: “Es sang vor langen jahren”, “Wallfahrtslied” and “My heart is in the Highlands” – all contemporary reflections on memory and desire.

all saints’ day and all souls’ day
On November 1 it is All Saints’ Day: a Roman Catholic holiday for the commemoration of saints. During All Saints’ Day and the following All Souls’ Day, people ponder the death and the hereafter. Although the Oude Kerk has not been a Catholic church since 1578, death is regularly contemplated: thousands of people are buried here, among which the composer Sweelinck. In 2016 artist Job Koelewijn honored them with a sea of flowers. In 2018 their names sounded throughout the church: artist Christian Boltanski invited visitors to read aloud the names of buried persons. The recordings were played in the choir of the church.

Kaspar Kröner (countertenor, musical director), Marjolein Stotz (soprano), Margarida Sampoia (flute), Joan Handels (flute), Floor LeCoultre (violin) Tim Braekman (violin and viola), Gareth Davis (bass clarinet) and Geerten van de Wetering (organ).

about silence
The Oude Kerk is located right in the middle of the Red Light District. In the early morning, while the city slowly wakes up, it is striking how beautiful this old neighborhood actually is. Every first Friday of the month at 8 o’clock in the morning, while the sun rises behind the stained glass windows, you can enjoy the contemporary concert series silence here. These concerts are a musical tribute to the magical acoustics and space of the Oude Kerk by young, innovative musicians. There are no fixed seats; visitors and musicians roam the church to discover how the music sounds in different places. The concerts are programmed by Jacob Lekkerkerker, curator of music and organist-titulair of the Oude Kerk.

silence #25
1 November 2019, 08:00 – 09:00
Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein, Amsterdam


upcoming edition
silence #26 takes place on December 6
Helena Basilova (piano):
Morton Feldman (1926-1987), Triadic Memories