A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 34

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Dropping back down into the Russians for a moment. (And when I say “down,” I’ve definitely got the Basso Profondos on my mind. The legendary Vladimir Pavlovich Pasyukov, in this case.) The key change that starts around 0:45 is just spine-tingling. Here’s the aforementioned Pavel Chesnokov’s “We Praise Thee.” Attribution(s): “Vladimir Pasyoukov” by Cormag100 is licensed under CC BY-SA [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 33

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For today’s musical meditation, English composer Thomas Tomkin’s “I Heard a Voice.” I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, From henceforth, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord: Even so, saith the Spirit: for they rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Attribution(s): “John on Patmos” by [Read More...]

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Seeing the Familiar in a New Light: Denise Bossert’s “Gifts of the Visitation”

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Devotion to the Blessed Virgin has never come to me naturally. I knew the reasons for such devotion, the rightness of it, even the necessity for it.  My parents prayed the rosary with us almost nightly, and my father’s visceral, Irish faith was never more obvious than when he spoke of “Our Mother”.  But as [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 32

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Returning to my ancestral roots with “Quis Est Homo,” plucked from one of Czech composer František Ignác Antonín Tůma’s five setting of the “Stabat Mater.” (Yep. Five. Also, the whole setting is really wonderful. So HERE.) Quis est homo qui non fleret,Matrem Christi si videretIn tanto supplicio? Quis non posset contristari,Christi Matrem contemplariDolentem cum Filio? Is there one [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 31

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Antonio Lotti’s “Crucifixus.” The whole piece is powerful stuff, but I would call your attention in particular to the section that begins at the 1:50 mark, where Lotti transitions from “Pontio Pilato” to the suffering and burial of Christ. An astonishing moment. Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato: Passus, et sepultus est. He was [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 30

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I’m always amazed at how little music there is that has been written in honor of Saint Joseph. Somehow, I suspect he’s pleased by that fact. But at the same time, it makes finding an appropriate musical selection for today’s feast a bit of a challenge. (I couldn’t very well ignore it, could I? It’s [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 29

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Sticking with the film composer theme I started yesterday, here an instrumental meditation from Polish composer/Gorecki compatriot Wojciech Kilar, written for the 1991 film based on the last days of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Zycie za zycie (Life for Life). I’ve never seen the film (though Steven Greydanus’ various pieces encourage me to remedy that fact), but the soundtrack has been [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 28

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In recent years, I’ve made a point of posting the Lorica of St. Patrick in honor of the day’s feast. Past posts have included the famous version from Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, a setting of the middle section of the prayer by contemporary composer John Rutter, and a setting of that same section by also-contemporary composer Bernard Sexton. Today, though, [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 27

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I can never stay away from Bach for long. As evidenced by today’s selection, his “Komm, süßer Tod:” Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh! Komm führe mich in Friede, Weil ich der Welt bin müde, Ach komm! ich wart auf dich, Komm bald und führe mich, Drück mir die Augen zu. Komm, selge Ruh!  Come, sweet death, come blessed rest! Come lead [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 26

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Jumping the gun on St. Joseph’s feast just a bit, but I simply cannot help myself. And so, here’s another Bruckner motet for today, this time his soaring, searing “Os Justi Meditabitur.” (Bonus brass version HERE.) Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, et lingua ejus loquetur judicium. Lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius: et non supplantabuntur gressus [Read More...]

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