Bach – Mass in B Minor performed in Notre Dame de Paris

One of music’s greatest achievements played in one of the West’s most prized locations.  Christianity inspired both.  Here’s one way the piece was described:

The Mass was described in the 19th century by the editor Hans Georg Nägeli as “The Announcement of the Greatest Musical Work of All Times and All People” (“Ankündigung des größten musikalischen Kunstwerkes aller Zeiten und Völker”).[41]

Update: Well, they took down the one performed in Notre Dame.  Censoring seemingly everything about Notre Dame hard.  Even classical music.  Awesome.  Here’s another version of the same piece.  Unfortunately not the same venue.

Beethoven: 9th Symphony, 4th Movement

One of the most famous pieces of music of all time; perhaps the crowning achievement of all music and a crown jewel of Western culture.  I am easily moved to tears every time I listen to it.  Check out this version, sung by 10,000 Japanese after the 2011 earthquake that rocked their nation.  The Japanese are a strong, proud, resilient people.  One of my favorite versions.

O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!
Sondern laßt uns angenehmere anstimmen,
und freudenvollere.

Oh friends, not these sounds!
Let us instead strike up more pleasing
and more joyful ones!

Freude!
Freude!

Joy!
Joy!

Freude, schöner Götterfunken
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!
Deine Zauber binden wieder
Was die Mode streng geteilt;
Alle Menschen werden Brüder,
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.

Joy, beautiful spark of divinity,
Daughter from Elysium,
We enter, burning with fervour,
heavenly being, your sanctuary!
Your magic brings together
what custom has sternly divided.
All men shall become brothers,
wherever your gentle wings hover.

Wem der große Wurf gelungen,
Eines Freundes Freund zu sein;
Wer ein holdes Weib errungen,
Mische seinen Jubel ein!
Ja, wer auch nur eine Seele
Sein nennt auf dem Erdenrund!
Und wer’s nie gekonnt, der stehle
Weinend sich aus diesem Bund!

Whoever has been lucky enough
to become a friend to a friend,
Whoever has found a beloved wife,
let him join our songs of praise!
Yes, and anyone who can call one soul
his own on this earth!
Any who cannot, let them slink away
from this gathering in tears!

Freude trinken alle Wesen
An den Brüsten der Natur;
Alle Guten, alle Bösen
Folgen ihrer Rosenspur.
Küsse gab sie uns und Reben,
Einen Freund, geprüft im Tod;
Wollust ward dem Wurm gegeben,
Und der Cherub steht vor Gott.

Every creature drinks in joy
at nature’s breast;
Good and Evil alike
follow her trail of roses.
She gives us kisses and wine,
a true friend, even in death;
Even the worm was given desire,
and the cherub stands before God.

Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen
Durch des Himmels prächt’gen Plan,
Laufet, Brüder, eure Bahn,
Freudig, wie ein Held zum Siegen.

Gladly, just as His suns hurtle
through the glorious universe,
So you, brothers, should run your course,
joyfully, like a conquering hero.

Seid umschlungen, Millionen!
Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!
Brüder, über’m Sternenzelt
Muß ein lieber Vater wohnen.

Ihr stürzt nieder, Millionen?
Ahnest du den Schöpfer, Welt?
Such’ ihn über’m Sternenzelt!
Über Sternen muß er wohnen.

Be embraced, you millions!
This kiss is for the whole world!
Brothers, above the canopy of stars
must dwell a loving father.

Do you bow down before Him, you millions?
Do you sense your Creator, O world?
Seek Him above the canopy of stars!
He must dwell beyond the stars.

Look beyond the narrative

I am willing to bet most of you did not hear about the attack two weeks ago where at least 32 Christians were slaughtered in a village in Nigeria, along with having at least one of their churches burned to the ground and a hundred more displaced, by a Muslim group.

At least 32 Christians were killed by suspected Fulani extremists in Nigeria Tuesday, sources told a leading Christian persecution monitoring group.

The early-morning attack occurred in the district of Maro in the Kaduna state of north-central Nigeria, according to reports. In addition to the loss of life, homes and at least one church were burned as hundreds were displaced. Some homes even reportedly had sleeping residents inside when they were lit on fire.

“Please pray for peace in Kaduna state — hundreds have been displaced and hundreds killed by the Fulani jihadists,” The Rev. Bakari Ibrahim, director of the ECWA’s Evangelical Missionary Society, told Morning Star News. “We evacuated about a hundred EMS kids from Kufana for safety.”

Resident Mordecai Funom Ibrahim told the persecution news outlet that about 400 armed Fulanis attacked villages around Maro around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

At the time of the attack, a group of women affiliated with the ECWA had gathered for a meeting at the local church.

“We ran out of the church building as the shooting was going on,” one of the women from the group told Morning Star News. “Many have been killed, and I have not seen my family members since morning. I have escaped out of the area.”

This was not a one time event either.  Last week 52 more Christians were killed and the death toll is over 120 since February by the same alleged Fulani militant group.

Hmmm.  A religiously motivated attack on a large group of people.  Where have I heard about this recently?

This is not meant to take anything away from the horrific New Zealand attacks of the past week.  It is merely to point out the hypocrisy in the reporting and the absolutely disgusting state we are in.  There is a lot of speculation regarding the New Zealand shooter.  Whether this really was an attack pushing back on multiculturalism, was religiously motivated, or a false flag (there is credible evidence for both) the point is the mainstream media pushed one story very hard and the other one doesn’t even get a 10 second mention on most, if any, mainstream news sites.  Why?

We know why.  One fits the narrative and their motivations, the other does not.  What better way to push gun control than having a white guy slaughter dozens of people of color?  Sure, we can even paint him as a far-right extremist.  That works.  Given the ground the deep state has ceded and their obvious desperation this would not be at all surprising if this was done themselves.  There are a lot of attacks like that recently, and we have expected them for a while now as they continue to lose a battle not being talked about publicly.  And it gives them something to point to the right and say, “See!  They’re the violent ones!  Ban guns!” while the feral left continues to ramp up the violence themselves.  A story of (brown) Muslims slaughtering Christians does not help further their objectives at all.

They also do this to paint a false picture about the amount of violence or crime a particular group does; to either disproportionately pump up and make you think one group does a lot more violence of a particular sort, or to bury stories to cover up the amount of crime done by a particular group to make it seem like it’s far less than is actually happening.  Something tells me the general public would be far more vocal about 3rd world immigration if they saw the number of religiously motivated attacks that happen on a daily basis.  Or maybe they’d reconsider the underlying problem, if they really wanted to fix the problem, if they honestly reported on the amount of violence in Chicago every day.  Instead they push stories like this, which make you think insane white dudes regularly shoot up churches with big weapons and that it’s a glaring problem that requires support on both sides to fix immediately.

The mainstream media does not actually care about the victims of the New Zealand shooting.  They just used it as a way to push their agenda.  Christians are one of if not the most persecuted groups in the Middle East but you never hear about attacks on them.  When is the last time you heard a call from the MSM to accept more Christian refugees, aside from maybe Tucker Carlson?

Allegri – Miserere mei, Deus

One of the prettiest pieces of music you will ever hear in your life.  Truly inspired from on high.

From Infogalactic:

It was the last of twelve falsobordone Miserere settings composed and chanted at the service since 1514 and is the most popular: at some point, it became forbidden to transcribe the music and it was allowed to be performed only at those particular services, thus adding to the mystery surrounding it. Writing it down or performing it elsewhere was punishable by excommunication.[1] The setting that escaped from the Vatican is actually a conflation of verses set by Gregorio Allegri around 1638 and Tommaso Bai (also spelled “Baj”; 1650–1718) in 1714.

Three authorized copies of the work were distributed prior to 1770: to the Holy Roman EmperorLeopold I; to the King of Portugal; and to Padre (Giovanni Battista) Martini.[1] However, none of them succeeded in capturing the beauty of the Miserereas performed annually in the Sistine Chapel. According to the popular story (backed up by family letters), the fourteen-year-old Mozart was visiting Rome, when he first heard the piece during the Wednesday service. Later that day, he wrote it down entirely from memory, returning to the Chapel that Friday to make minor corrections. Less than three months after hearing the song and transcribing it, Mozart had gained fame for the work and was summoned to Rome by Pope Clement XIV, only instead of excommunicating the boy, the Pope showered praises on him for his feat of musical genius and awarded him the Chivalric Order of the Golden Spur.[2] Some time during his travels, he met the British historian Charles Burney, who obtained the piece from him and took it to London, where it was published in 1771. The work was also transcribed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1831 and Franz Liszt, and various other 18th and 19th century sources survive. Since the lifting of the ban, Allegri’s Miserere has become one of the most popular a cappella choral works now performed.[citation needed]

The original ornamentation that made the work famous were Renaissance techniques that preceded the composition itself, and it was these techniques that were closely guarded by the Vatican. Few written sources (not even Burney’s) showed the ornamentation, and it was this that created the legend of the work’s mystery. However, the Roman priest Pietro Alfieri published an edition in 1840 with the intent of preserving the performance practice of the Sistine choir in the Allegri and Bai compositions, including ornamentation.

Sistina-interno

Handel: Zadok the Priest

A little music for your weekend listening pleasure.  German composer (later a naturalized subject of Britain) George Frederick Handel composed Zadok the Priest for the coronation of King George II in 1727.  It has been sung before the coronation of every British monarch since then.  Great Britain has changed much since then, unfortunately trending downwards for the last 50+ years.  It could do them a lot of good to look inward to their own past and get some semblance of pride and gratitude for what their ancestors did to build up their great nation, which they are so wastefully throwing away now.

 

%d bloggers like this: