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Showing posts with label W. A. Mozart. Show all posts
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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Basilica of St. Peter - "Gloria" - W. A. Mozart

From my own beautiful Basilica of Saint Peter in Columbia South Carolina.

Tess Hartis, Violin and Mark Husey, Organist & Choirmaster, Esther Kim Ruder, Soprano; Aubrey Nelson, Mezzo Soprano, James Gatch, Tenor and the Gallery Choir, Basilica of Saint Peter's Catholic Church, Columbia, South Carolina

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bryn Terfel - "Ave Verum Corpus" by W. A. Mozart

This sublime Eucharistic hymn dates from the 14th century and is attributed to Pope Innocent VI (d. 1362). It has been set to music by various composers. During the Middle Ages it was sung at the elevation of the host during the consecration. It is also used frequently during Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The hymn's title means "Hail, true body", and is based on a poem deriving from a 14th-century manuscript from the Abbey of Reichenau, Lake Constance. The poem is a meditation on the Real Presence of our Lord in the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's setting of Ave Verum Corpus was written in 1791, to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi.

The text is in Latin, and reads: Ave verum corpus, Natum de Maria Virgine, Vere passum, immolatum In cruce pro homine, Cuius latus perforatum Unda fluxit et sanguine, Esto nobis praegustatum In mortis examine.

A translation into English is: Hail the true body, born of the Virgin Mary, truly suffered, sacrificed on the Cross for mankind, whose pierced side flowed with water and blood, let it be for us, in consideration, a foretaste of death.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Emma Kirkby - "Laudate Dominum" - W. A. Mozart

In selecting today's hymn, I wanted to find the best possible complement to the homily I also posted today by my dear and esteemed former pastor, Father Franklyn McAfee. He eloquently explains that the Triune God "created beauty, sustains beauty, and is beauty." Emma Kirkby's sublime voice and Mozart's ineffable music reflect that truth and provide a glimpse of heaven. 

Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Ave Verum Corpus" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A sublime and historic performance. Leonard Bernstein conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir in "Ave Verum Corpus," by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The text in Latin reads:

Ave verum corpus, natum
de Maria Virgine,
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine,
cuius latus perforatum
fluxit aqua et sanguine:
esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine.

A translation into English is:

Hail, true Body,
born of the Virgin Mary,

who has truly suffered, and was sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,

whose side was pierced,
whence flowed water and blood,

Be for us a foretaste of heaven,
during our final trial.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Vienna Boys' Choir - "Regina Coeli" - W. A. Mozart

The Vienna Boys' Choir was founded in 1498 and is one of the best known boys' choirs in the world. Among many great musicians that the choir has worked with through the centuries are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Caldara, Antonio Salieri, Heinrich Isaac, Paul Hofhaimer, Heinrich Ignaz Biber, Johann Fux, Christoph Willibald Gluck, and Anton Bruckner.

The Regina Coeli is sung in place of the Angelus during the Easter season, from Holy Saturday through Pentecost Sunday. The author is unknown, although legend has it that St Gregory the Great heard angels chanting the first three lines one Easter morning in Rome, while following in procession the icon of the Virgin painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist. The setting of Regina Coeli performed above by the Vienna Boys' Choir is one of three composed by Mozart.