A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 33


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...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 32


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...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 31


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...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 30


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...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 29


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...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 28


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...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 27


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...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 26


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...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 25


In keeping with our (albeit brief) Saturday tradition, here is “Quando corpus morietur” from the Stabat Mater of Luigi Boccherini. (I didn’t even know Boccherini had a Stabat Mater until I started this project. Very cool!) Quando corpus morietur, Fac, ut animæ donetur Paradisi Gloria. Amen When my body dies Grant that to my soul is [Read More...]

Each Piano, A Masterpiece


For some strange reason (connected to reworking their podcast delivery system, I think), the folks at NPR Control sent me a sort-of-random podcast this week. From something they did back in 2011. Something from the folks at Morning Edition called “Musical Innovation: A Grander Grand Piano.” Best mistake ever. Most pianos have 88 keys. And most great [Read More...]