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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Spirit in the Sky

Just the greatest piece of "religious" (I'd use the word, "spiritual") music ever, Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis."  Here's the greatest full version on YouTube, and then the "Benedictus" highlight.  Depicts grace offered to everyone--and, at the end, a plea or peace.


Laurence Glavin said...

9324I believe I've probably attended a dozen live performances of the "Missa Solemnis", and during NONE of them did the violinist stand up as if performig a concerto. These days, or in Beethoven's time, a solo part for an instrument in an otherwise orchestral/choral piece is called an obbligato, and is usually played seating by the instrumentalist. BUT, on one occasion, on television, I satw a conductor arrange to have the brass stand up Tommy Dorsey-style during the coda of the last movement of Brahms's Second Symphony.

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