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Title: 'Sacred' Music: 1950-2000
Post by: snyprrr on February 13, 2011, 09:05:36 PM
In Celebration of my Purchase of Stravinsky's 'Sacred Works', I offer you this Thread in quotes, for sure! ;)

Obviously, the word 'sacred' has,...uhm,... had its share of it in these Existential, PostWarYears that we live in. And some might argue that Stravinsky's Late Music might be the Coronation Anthem of Satan himself! :o I mean, we have things ranging from Penderecki, to Holliger's Psalm, to (bleck :-\) Holy Minimalism (titter ;D), to Leonard Bernstein, to Barry Manilow singing Christmas Songs.

One Composer I'd like to hear about is Klaus Huber, who seems to have written quite a number of Large Scale Works.

Personally, all I need is an a minor/F major progression over a slow Hallelujah and I'm good to go. Hmm,... sounds like Part!

What do you think?
Title: Re: 'Sacred' Music: 1950-2000
Post by: lescamil on February 13, 2011, 09:09:33 PM
I've been on a recent Gubaidulina fix and have been loving her sacred works lately, especially The Canticle of the Sun. Of course, her St. John Passion should not be missed either. There is a sense of religious urgency that really reminds me of Messiaen. I am not a very religious person, but this is music that really can get you thinking to become that. I especially love the vivid imagery in The Canticle of the Sun, especially when the cellist "forsakes" his instrument and picks up the flexatone.
Title: Re: 'Sacred' Music: 1950-2000
Post by: snyprrr on February 13, 2011, 09:11:51 PM
I've been on a recent Gubaidulina fix and have been loving her sacred works lately, especially The Canticle of the Sun. Of course, her St. John Passion should not be missed either. There is a sense of religious urgency that really reminds me of Messiaen. I am not a very religious person, but this is music that really can get you thinking to become that. I especially love the vivid imagery in The Canticle of the Sun, especially when the cellist "forsakes" his instrument and picks up the flexatone.

That's interesting!
Title: Re: 'Sacred' Music: 1950-2000
Post by: snyprrr on February 13, 2011, 09:12:22 PM
Bussotti Rara Requiem?
Title: Re: 'Sacred' Music: 1950-2000
Post by: karlhenning on February 14, 2011, 02:29:05 AM
That would be before my own Passion According to St John, of course ; )
Title: Re: 'Sacred' Music: 1950-2000
Post by: snyprrr on February 14, 2011, 06:54:08 AM
That would be before my own Passion According to St John, of course ; )

I'm curious. What does it take to produce a Passion? I guess one can do anyone one wants,... I guess my point is, it seems like the Biggest Undertaking (though I'm sure one can make it a solo, too). Basically, you just follow the text? And... it only concerns the Last Week?
Title: Re: 'Sacred' Music: 1950-2000
Post by: karlhenning on February 14, 2011, 03:34:54 PM
I'm curious. What does it take to produce a Passion? I guess one can do anyone one wants [....]

I was in an unusual and lucky position, to have the ear of a choir director who was game for a new setting.

At first, I was thinking of using a handful of instruments . . . I had gotten as far as composing an instrumental introduction, whose manuscript in fact I recently found in some long-unsifted papers. But as I settled into composing the text, I decided to leave it unaccompanied.