The Nature of Music and the Soul

The Nature of Music and the Soul by Matthew Cole Austin and Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg “…when lawlessness has established itself there [in music and poetry], it flows over little by little into character and ways of life.” Plato, Republic 424d # # # The world is changing and we have become progressively desensitized to the increasing temptations available to us […]

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

Allegri’s Miserere

Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) was an Italian priest and composer of the Roman School of composers. Allegri’s masterpiece was composed in 1638 for an annual celebration during Holy Week. It was two times during Holy Week, on Wednesday and Friday during a 3:00 a.m. service, that twenty-seven candles were extinguished one at a time until there remained a single lit candle. It was said […]

Ave Verum Corpus video

My cousin, David, sent me this Youtube link to a performance of Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus conducted by Leonard Bernstein. “Ave Verum Corpus natum de Maria Virgine…” “Hail, True Body, born of the Virgin Mary…” Simply magnificent! Here is only an approximate English translation, more literal than poetic: Hail, true body, born of the Virgin Mary, Who truly suffered, sacrificed on […]