Francis Poulenc : “Dialogue des Carmelites” – on the feast of the Carmelite martyrs

It is the feast of the Blessed Martyrs of Compiègne: 16 Discalced Carmelite nuns executed by French revolutionaries on this day in 1794, after refusing to accept state control over the Church. Perhaps appropriate so close to Bastille Day in the Calendar.

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via Wikipedia – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Quidenham, Norfolk –

 

Here is the magnificent finale of Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogue des Carmelites”:

 

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