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Music

 

Singing with Two Lungs

If the Church, as Saint John Paul II wrote in Ut Unum Sint, “must breathe with her two lungs” (54), she certainly must also learn ...

You cannot find Justin Bieber

When you are holding a unique book like the “Dictionary of Pop-Rock”, edited by Enzo Gentile and Alberto Tonti (Bologna, Zanichelli, 2012, 1896 pages, with ...

The strength of the Christian

A 'particularly intense' meeting between Benedict XVI and Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano, took place on Monday afternoon, 4 February, in a small hall outside of ...

Different traditions but one faith

“A magnificent concert, in which the great musical traditions of England and Rome have been beautifully combined,” were the words with which Mons. Peter Bryan ...

The “Missa Anno Santo” by Georg Ratzinger in the Sistine Chapel

On 11 November, it will be the choir of the Sistine Music Chapel, directed by Massimo Palombella, to perform — privately in the Sistine Chapel ...

A symphony of peace

“To achieve peace it is necessary to be engaged, leaving violence and weapons aside” and to patiently search “for possible understandings”. This was the message ...

My friend Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI welcomes him and acknowledges him with the warmth one feels for an old and dear friend. Maestro Daniel Barenboim points to him as ...

The combined choir of the Sistine Chapel and Westminster Abbey

Following the outstanding spiritual and musical success of the Sistine Chapel Choir’s recent concert in Westminster Cathedral, it was highly exciting to experience both the ...

Two traditions with one voice

At the invitation of the Pope an Anglican delegation will attend the Papal Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on the Solemnity of Sts Peter and ...

An uphill symphony

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is uphill all the way. The hymn of glory is the panorama that can be enjoyed from the peak, but it is ...

I thank God in a special way once again for my years of life and ministry

“A great hymn of praise to God” and an occasion to give thanks to “God in a special way once again for my years of ...

Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise

On Friday, 20 April, in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall the Gewandhause Orchestra and Choir of Leipzig and the MDR Radio Choir will give a ...

Garibaldi in the Sistine

Almost all great men have the same fault: they believe they are immortal. Very few have the foresight to prepare for their own succession. This ...

Mahler, Gilbert and the cell phone

“Each limit has its patience” said the immortal Maestro Scannagatti in Toto' a colori [Toto' in Color] already in 1952. Alan Gilbert, his illustrious colleague, ...

That unionist, Leporello

Being moved by art will not increase the gross national product. On the contrary, the more the GDP falls, the more art is perceived as ...

Between Popular and Cultured "more hispano"

In some scores by Tomas Luis de Victoria and other Spanish polyphonists of the XVI and XVII centuries – the so-called Spanish Golden Age – ...

A priceless treasure re-emerged thanks to Pope Pius XII

The International Festival of Sacred Music and Art has happily reached its 10th edition thanks to the tenacity of Hans Albert Courtial. And it is ...

The Sistina is not a museum piece

Marrying a one-of-a-kind tradition with modern vocality is the main challenge for the Sistine Chapel Choir, “Sistina”, according to Maestro Massimo Palombella, who has been ...

Electronic sound

There are not many, but there are still some excellent initiatives offered by Italian music schools. One of them is in Rome, where the Conservatory ...

True multiculturalism

The marvellous notes and voices of the “Ex Cathedra” – the vocal and instrumental ensemble conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore, performing for the first time in ...

Take off the mask

The best are always the ones to leave. And so too, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco left Italy in 1938. Forty-three years old and an extraordinary talent, he, ...

Contemporary music must meet the sacred

This year the Umbrian Music Festival opens with a reflection on the relationship between art and transcendence. On Saturday, 10 September, from 10:30-5:00 p.m. in ...

Music as a language communicates faith

In the late afternoon of Wednesday, 31 August, a concert was held in honour of the Holy Father in the courtyard at the Papal Residence ...

Praying well means keeping time

If we believe that we owe our existence to an all-creating God, we must acknowledge the fact. Even if we doubt, but remain vaguely open ...

The beauty of music, a reflection of God in the world

As a tribute to the Holy Father in the year in which he is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, and ...

The answer in the notes of Bach

“What God does, is done well,” said the German musician Albrecht Mayer presenting the concert which he will direct on August 9th at Castel Gandolfo ...

Melding the spaces of the beautiful and the good

He was a political man and a writer of the sixth century. His dream was to institute a Christian “university” in Rome but he succeeded ...

We won’t give a genius to Hitler

“When I listen to too much Wagner, I get the urge to invade Poland.” Woody Allen’s joke makes you laugh, but through clenched teeth, because ...

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