sacred music

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 […]

Imagining Jesus as a bartender – and other egregious effects of bad music

A few weeks ago, my husband and I visited a Catholic church that had the most gorgeous pipe organ. We were all set to enjoy some fine sacred music during Mass, but for some reason, most of the hymns were accompanied by the tawdry tinkling of a piano. Now please don’t misunderstand me. Pianos are fine in secular settings, but […]