«Ave Maria» Renaissance Marian Polyphonies
published on 20/11/2011 in 2011

The mardi 6 décembre 2011 à 20h30

Mardi 6 décembre 2011 à 20h30

Master of Notre-Dame de Paris,
Adult Choir
Young Ensemble

Les Sacqueboutiers, a set of ancient coppers from Toulouse

Conductor: Lionel SOW


La Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris nous invite, à un concert qui magnifiera les grandes polyphonies composées en l’honneur de la Vierge Marie pendant la Renaissance. Ce programme, avec la complicité des Sacqueboutiers – que nous retrouverons à la fin de cette Saison 2011-2012 – a fait l’objet d’un enregistrement pour le propre Label de Musique Sacrée à Notre-Dame de Paris. A côté des polyphonies de Josquin, Guerrero, Victoria, trois motets contemporains composés par Caroline Marçot offrent un dialogue stimulant entre styles et époques au service de mêmes textes liturgiques.

Ce concert est donné à l’occasion de la parution de ce nouvel enregistrement.




Pedro Escobar (c. 1465-C. 1535) Ave Maris Stella
J. Deshmukh (1440-1521) Inviolata has 5
J. Mouton (1459-1522) Ave Maria
Victoria T. L. (1549-1611) Salve Regina to 6 votes
T. Crecquillon (1505-1557) Gloriosa Virgo Ave
J. The Heir (1480-1551) Nigra sum to 5 votes
Josquin Desprez (1440-1521) Ave Maria . . . virgo serena (to 4)
Laura Marçot (1974) Nigra sum
F. Guerrero (1528-1599) Sanctissima Virgo Ave to 5 votes
Victoria T. L. (1549-1611) Agnus Dei of the ReginaAve Maria to 8 votes
Josquin Desprez (1440-1521) Inviolata has 12
Laura Marçot (1974) Inviolata



Born in 1974, French composer Caroline Marçot is passionate about the sound phenomenon in her three dimensions: elaboration, interpretation and perception.
At the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, she obtained the awards of analysis, Renaissance counterpoint, harmony, twentieth century writing, aesthetics and musical acoustics.
Within the ensemble of solo voices Mora Vocis, she defends especially the medieval and contemporary repertoires, and regularly participates in the productions of the Toulouse Chamber Choir Les elements. His plays have already had the opportunity to be created notably by Laurence Equilbey, Michel-Marc Gervais, Roland Hayrabedian, Geoffroy Jourdain, Toni Ramon, Daniel Reuss, Rachid Safir or Arlette Steyer at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, at the Maison de Radio France, at the Villa Medici, and also in Bornem, Helsinki, Marseille, Santa Barbara, Seville, Tangier...
Winner 2003 of the foundation of Companies Group Banque Populaire, she is currently working on several cycles of vocal music, including madrigals on the sonnets of Laurent de Medici for the Ensemble soloists XXI.


Lionel SOW

After training as a violinist, first at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris C.N.R. (1st prize in 1996), then with Annie JODRY at the National School of Music of Fresnes (Virtuosity Award in 1998), Lionel SOW turns to the choir direction.

He took a musical training at the C.N.R. and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de dance in Paris, crowned by numerous first prizes: harmony, counterpoint, Fugue (in the class of Thierry ESCAICH), choir direction (in the class of Patrick MARCO), direction of Gregorian chant, Twentieth century writing and Renaissance counterpoint. He obtained the certificate of competency in the direction of vocal ensembles in 2005.

Along with singing studies with Nicole FALLIEN, and conducting with Jean-Jacques WERNER, he took over several vocal ensembles specialising in early and baroque music.

With the mastery of the small singers of Saint-Christophe, which he runs since 1995, he recorded in 2000 the Requiem and the Wailing by Jean GILLES, en 2003 LA Matthaüs Passion of H. Sch Ütz and En 2004 Geistliche Lieder by J. BRAHMS and A. BRUCKNER.

In January 2000, Lionel SOW was the artistic director of the ensemble vocal Les Temperamens, and in September 2002, he became assistant to Nicole CORTI in the mastery of Notre-Dame de Paris where he led the children's choir.

Since 2004, he regularly conducts the choir of Radio France for a capella concerts or the preparation of programmes with orchestra.

In September 2006, Lionel SOW took over the direction of the ensemble of Notre-Dame de Paris (Children's choir, young ensemble and choir of adults).



Import-1554. jpgIn 30 years of existence, the ensemble Toulouse Les Sacqueboutiers has established itself as one of the best early music formations on the international stage.
Considered by specialists and by the public as a reference for the interpretation of instrumental music of the seventeenth century, Italian and German in particular, the ensemble collects the highest rewards awarded by the critics Record.

When they decided to found the Sacqueboutiers in 1976, Jean-Pierre Canihac and Jean-Pierre Mathieu were among the first to follow an approach which then resembled a real adventure, that of the rediscovery of ancient instruments.

Quickly, the quality of their work is worth participating in recordings that have made a date in the history of the record (notably the Vespers of the Virgin of Monteverdi directed by Michel Corboz), and since then they have collaborated with the most Prestigious to perform music ranging from the Renaissance to Mozart: The flourishing Arts (W. Christie), the Royal Chapel (P. Herreweghe), A Sei Voci (B. Fabre-Garrus), Elyma (G. Garrido) The great stable and the Chamber of the Roy (J.C. Malgoire), or even The ensemble Clément Janequin (D. Screw).

With these courses or in programs of their own, the Sacqueboutiers have occurred in all the biggest European festivals and in South America.

The backbone of the ensemble is based on the group of Cornets and Sackbuts who gave their name to the formation. Around this nucleus are joined, depending on the repertoires discussed, other instruments (violins, violas, bassoons, chalemies), and the Voice (soloist, vocal quartet, chorus).

This flexibility in the formation of training is required by the variety of directories frequented, especially when developing original programs where the ensemble collaborates with specialist musicologists in order to make heard New works: Indeed, one of the major objectives of the Sacqueboutiers is to actively participate in the gradual rediscovery of the most beautiful pages of the European musical heritage.


Sacred Music at Notre-Dame de Paris

Import-1184. jpgMusic has always been an integral part of the life of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral. It was at that time that the arches were raised in the sky to form the choir of the church, which was born in the school of Notre-Dame and its large polyphonys. The audacity of the cathedral builders responded to that of the musicians. Since then, the musical tradition of Notre-Dame de Paris has maintained itself at the highest level and each generation has come to bring its stone to the prestigious building that constitutes the musical history of the cathedral.

Conscients de ce patrimoine séculaire, du rayonnement national et international des activités et de l’excellence des formations dispensées par la Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris, l’État, la Ville de Paris et l’Association diocésaine de Paris ont décidé conjointement en 1991 de créer l’association Musique Sacrée à Notre-Dame de Paris.

Responsible for the artistic and administrative coordination of all musical aspects of the cathedral, sacred music in Notre-Dame de Paris has for essential missions the musical teaching and the training of singers, the musical animation of Liturgical celebrations of the cathedral, the organization of concerts and hearings, the musicology research around the heritage of Notre-Dame de Paris, the diffusion and musical creation.

A very complete vocal and instrumental device is implemented at the service of these missions. The central element is the master's degree Notre-Dame de Paris, composed of several ensembles (children's choir, young ensemble, Adult choir in professional formation, Gregorian Ensemble), to which are occasionally joined by baroque orchestras or Symphonic. The great organ, the choir organ and the team of organists attached to them are also major actors.

The concert season, the organ hearings on Sunday afternoon, the reception each year of fifty choirs from around the world, as well as the daily presence of the music at Notre-Dame de Paris, testify to a requirement of musical quality in Harmony with the exceptional vocation of this high place.


Find all the concerts of the 2011-2012 season by clicking here.




Christmas time at Notre-Dame de Paris

The crib, from the first Sunday of Advent (Saturday, November 28, 2011) to the feast of the presentation of Jesus at the temple (Thursday, February 2, 2012).
The Nocturnes of the crib, every Saturday and Sunday until 20:45.
The tree on the forecourt, from the first Sunday of Advent (Saturday, November 28, 2011) to the feast of the presentation of Jesus at the temple (Thursday, February 2, 2011).
The Advent Lyrics , on Sunday 27 November, 4, 11 and 18 December 2011 at 17h20.
The Christmas Concert, Tuesday 20 December 2011 at 20:30.
Christmas OfficesOn December 24th and 25th.
The CD At the coming of Christmas , bringing together the musical formations of the cathedral.
The Gregorian chant concert Puer natus is , Thursday 29 December 2011 at 20:30.
The solemnity of Saint Mary, mother of God, 45th world day of peace, on Sunday, January 1, 2012.
The solemnity of the Lord's Epiphany, on Sunday, January 8, 2012.

but also:
The recital at the great organ by Henri-Franck BEAUPÉRIN, Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 at 8:30 pm.
The concert «Ave Maria» Marian Polyphonies of the Renaissance and today , Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 8.30 pm.
The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, on Thursday, 8 December 2011, and prayer vigil around the Holy Crown of thorns at 20:00.
The mass of Saint Éloi, on Sunday 11 December 2011 at 10:00 am.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Monday, December 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm.
The recital at the great organ by Pascal REBER, Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 8:30 pm.

Light a candle at Notre-Dame