Rehearsal Tracks

Rehearsal Tracks and Resources for Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine

  1. 23 min video on Pronunciation Click to view video
    •  (1’20”) – the text is read to us
    • (2’45”) – tips on uniquely French vowel sounds
    • (10’45”) – detailed coaching session through each line of the text.

2. Model pronunciation on two MP3 tracks

    •  Soprano/Alto
    • Tenor/Bass

Please note, there is a 20 second, silent lead-in on both of these tracks.

3. Phonetic transcription. Click to view.

4. Rehearsal tracks (MP3s)

    • Soprano
    • Alto
    • Tenor
    • Bass

Cantique de Jean Racine Op. 11, is a composition for mixed choir and piano or organ by Gabriel Fauré. The text, “Verbe égal au Très-Haut” (“Word of God, the Most High”), is a French paraphrase by Jean Racine (1639-1699) of a Latin hymn from the breviary for matins, Consors paterni luminis.

The nineteen-year-old composer set the text in 1864–65 for a composition competition at the École Niedermeyer de Paris, and it won him the first prize. The work was first performed the following year on 4 August 1866 in a version with accompaniment of strings and organ. The style shows similarities with his later work, Requiem.

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