Sunday, November 23, 2008


Sometimes sacred music began not as an expression of our longing for the Devine or for the Christian Mystery. Instead, some had wholly irreligious origins but were then commandeered by someone who felt the music was appropriate for liturgical use. Here are a two pieces that went through a conversion of a sort, and made the crossover from secularism to religious.

The first one is an "Ave Maria" using the famous "Intermezzo" from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana opera. You can't go wrong with Bocelli.


Cavalleria Rusticana (1987 Digital Remaster): Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana (1987 Digital Remaster) - Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti


The next one is "Lux Aeterna", taken from Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations.

You may want to turn up your volume for the next two since they're a bit low throughout their duration.

Nimrod from Enigma Variations - Edvard Elgar, composer. Vero Beach High School Orchestra. Matt Stott, director.

Please ignore the poor quality of the video and concentrate on the music.

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