The word "TRECANUM" is probably an incorrect medieval translation of the Greek word "Trisagion".
The Ensemble TRECANUM was formed in December 1996 by Etienne Stoffel, cellist and prizewinner of the National High Conservatoire of Paris. M. Stoffel founded the Centre of Gregorian Studies in Metz in 1975 and is now Professor at the National Conservatoire of Region of Strasbourg (France). He was a pupil for two months at Solesmes Abbey with Dom Eugene Cardine, who was Father at the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music in Rome and Dom Jean Claire, former choral conductor of the Solesmes Abbey.
The Ensemble TRECANUM brings together singers who have a solid knowledge of gregorian liturgical and early medieval song.
Their programme includes pieces from early centuries of the Christian church (about 5th century) to the 16th century. Some pieces are taken from the liturgy (Introit, Offertory, Processional) with texts extracted from Holy Writ. Other pieces are themselves a rite; meditations on the Divine Word. The music of hymns, sequences and polyphonic pieces is inspired by texts written by ecclesiastical poets.
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