Chorus sine nomine © M. Wustinger
We 20 Sep 19:30
Old Cathedral Linz
Chorus sine nomine

Choir concert in the Old Cathedral

Under the direction of Johannes Hiemetsberger, the Chorus sine nomine, in interplay with organist Melissa Dermastia, presents a program dedicated to two central female figures of Christian mythology, traversing musical history from the medieval sounds of Hildegard von Bingen to contemporary works by James MacMillan and Ola Gjeilos. In addition to the Virgin Mary, who is sung about in almost countless masterpieces of choral literature, the focus will be on St. Cecilia of Rome, who has been immortalized in sound by numerous composers as the patron saint of (church) music.


Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)

A Hymn to the Virgin (1930, rev. 1934)

Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179)

„Ave generosa“ (o. J.) 

Marc’Antonio Cavazzoni (um 1485–nach 1569) 

Intabulation of a "Salve Virgo" motet, from: Recerchari, motetti, canzoni, Libro primo (1523)

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (um 1525–1594)

„Cantantibus organis“ (1575) 

James MacMillan (* 1959)

„Cecilia Virgo“ (2012) 

Claudio Merulo (1533–1604)

Toccata prima del primo tuono, from: Toccate d'intavolatura d'organo, Libro primo (1598)

Annibale Stabile (c. 1545-1595) 

Francesco Soriano (1548/49–1621)

Giovanni Andrea Dragoni (c. 1540–1598)

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina/ Ruggero Giovannelli (c. 1555–1625)

Prospero Santini (fl. 1591–1614) 

Curzio Mancini (c. 1552–nach 1611) 

Missa „Cantantibus organis“ (end of the 1580s)

Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter (1936–2003)

Marian Stations. Meditations on the Relief Panels of the Kefermarkt Altar for Organ (1988)

Ola Gjeilo (* 1978)

„Ave generosa“ (2017)


„Mariam, matrem virginem, attolite“, aus: Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (14th century)

Cécile Chaminade (1857–1944)

Offertoire (la Madone), Nr. 3 aus: La Nef sacrée. Recueil de pièces pour orgue, op. 171 (1928) 

Benjamin Britten

Hymn to St Cecilia, op. 27 (1941–42)


Melissa Dermastia | Organ

Chorus sine nomine

Johannes Hiemetsberger | Management