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Weekend planner: Music

The French Renaissance composer Clément Janequin (1485 – 1558) became popular throughout Europe for his programmatic songs, many of which cleverly incorporate imitations of natural and man-made sounds. The most famous of these is “La Guerre,” a piece — written to celebrate the French victory over the Swiss at the Battle of Marignano — that uses the human voice to evoke cannon fire and trumpet calls, as well as the cries of the wounded. It’s on the program as the “triumph” part of “War: Triumph and Agony,” a concert by Da Camera Singers set for performances Saturday at 8 p.m. in Wesley Methodist Church on North Maple Street in Hadley and Sunday at 3 p.m. in Raymond Concert Hall at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill. For the “agony” section, director Sheila Heffernon has selected settings of the lamentation text “When David heard that Absalom was killed” by a variety of composers, including the contemporary American Eric Whitacre, whose work will be accompanied by a dance piece choreographed by Kristin Horrigan and performed by the Northampton-based ensemble the Dance Generators.

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