Membra Jesu Nostri

Membra Jesu Nostri


Dieterich Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri performed by Three Parts Vied

The early music collective Three Parts Vied returns to the Oxford Festival of the Arts to explore the ‘parts vied’ of Jesus on the cross. 

The ensemble’s name comes from George Herbert’s evocative description of music as ‘but three parts vied’, and the programme follows this close relationship between the part and the whole. Buxtehude’s poignant masterpiece takes each part of the sacred body in turn, meditating on suffering and redemption through an affective musical treatment of the crucified feet, knees, hands, sides, breast, heart, and face. 

We intersperse the seven movements with devotional poetry from the post-Reformation world in which Buxtehude lived. 

Readings by Dr Cathy Oakes

Three Parts Vied directed by Alexander Pott

Historical research by Dr Katie McKeogh

Duration: 1 hour with no interval

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Venue Information:
Magdalen College Chapel, High Street
OX1 4AU

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