Friday, May 20, 2011

Someone wrote "This is what heaven will sound like." You idiot, you already live in a real heaven. You don't need your childish magical heaven.

Religious fantasies used to be good for something including the ancient religious paintings at Chicago's Art Institute and some ancient religious music. I like Handel's Messiah and I especially like Miserere Mei Deus which before Mozart wrote the whole thing down could only be heard at the Vatican.

As long as people understand Psalm 51 is bullshit there's no harm in enjoying this priceless music.

Miserere Mei Deus

This piece is Psalm 51, but first set to music by Allegri around 1630. It is one of the finest and most popular examples of renaissance polyphony. It is often heard in Churches of the apostolic Christian tradition on Ash Wednesday, immediately following Shrove (or pancake) Tuesday, marking Christ's return to Jerusalem. Beautifully performed here by The Sixteen, listen out for the simplicity, humility and reverence.

About The Sixteen

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