The young people of Gloriae Dei Cantores, most of which are in their early twenties, are now studying music history for a year. They have been asking a lot of questions for a while now, and so it seemed that it would be good to get together and learn the historical, musical and spiritual background of the composers they sing. The challenge is that there are so many composers to talk about! Recently we have been looking at an overview of the different time periods and relating the literature and art to the music. It is interesting to realize that, for the most part, the philosophy, art and literature came before the music. For instance, the Impressionist period in art began in the 1870’s with the exhibitions of Monet and Renoir at the Salon. Perhaps twenty years later, music that was heard to be influenced by the brighter, lighter colors of the art might include the works of Debussy and Ravel. GDC sings the motets and Requiem of Duruflé, (1902-1986) who many consider an Impressionist composer for the wonderful transparency of his textures… More thoughts to come!