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    Post Favorite Sacred Work Ever?

    It can be anything: cantata, missa, chorale...anything sacred.

    I'm going to say Bach's "Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben" (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV
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    Talk about hard to answer! Sacred music is surely some of the most beautiful ever written - I think it is an amazing thing to listen to a piece of music inspired by a person's faith. Even as an atheist, I love sacred music more than most other musical types! But picking a fave piece is a toughy...

    From a performance perspective, I do find "Let the Bright Seraphim" by Handel most enjoyable to sing, and for its sheer beauty, "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth". It's hard to beat Messiah Love it to death. Also from Messiah, the amazing "Why Do the Nations", especially sung by James Milligan on the recording by Sargent with the RLP. Magical!

    For pure listening pleasure, the majesty and power of Tallis' "Spem in Alium" is something to behold. Off topic, wouldn't it be awesome to assemble a "Dream Choir" of the 40 best Renaissance voices currently performing, to do a special performance of this work?

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    probably some william billings or 'amazing grace'.
    i prefer it simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astus View Post
    ...wouldn't it be awesome to assemble a "Dream Choir" of the 40 best Renaissance voices currently performing, to do a special performance of this work?
    Yes. Yes it would. Let's do it!
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    Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms.

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    John Rutter's Requiem and Te Deum
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    Marvelous! I love all of those. As a Catholic, it's interesting because many of these songs are liturgical works that I hear on a regular - or semi-regular - basis.
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    Just a few other sacred works that come to mind as personal favourites, just some odds & ends:

    Kedrov's deeply moving setting of the Our Father

    The Pie Jesu from Faure's Requiem (the whole thing is wonderful, but the Pie Jesu especially)

    Ubi Caritas by Durufle (which is really an interesting harmonisation of an old plainchant)

    The Call from Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs (which I sang back in my music school days)

    Stravinsky's Mass

    Arvo Part's Berliner messe (especially the Sanctus & Agnus Dei)

    The very end of Bernstein's Mass and the "Simple Song" also (this isn't really a mass, but sort of a musical about a mass-- I remember the shock when I first heard the Kyrie with marching band and kazoos! I originally thought it was supposed to be an actual mass & I thought it was awful! LOL It is a somewhat dated work now, but I still rather like it, perhaps more for sentimental reasons now)

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    Sacred work?

    Sacre du Printemps.

    ROFL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurkikohtaus View Post
    Sacred work?

    Sacre du Printemps.

    ROFL

    LOL

    Are you serious, Maestro Rohac?

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    'Nooooooooooo!' [Dragged down into Hell]
    - Act two: Finale of Mozart's "Don Giovanni"

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    HAHA



    Sacre du Printemps; not quite the sacred work I was looking for
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    Ubi Caritas by Durufle (which is really an interesting harmonisation of an old plainchant)
    I have a recording of music by Hildgard von Bingen. I believe this is on it. Her music is extraordinary!!
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    brittney spears "oops I did it again".... oh wait no! oh yeah yeah, thats corect...

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    Brahms, A German Requiem. Need I say any more?
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    Very difficult to narrow down;
    Here are some favorite suggestions,

    Allegri, Miserere
    Palestrina, Missa Benedicta es
    Biber, Missa christi resurgentis
    Faure', Requiem
    Bach, Magnificat
    Bach, Mass in B-Minor (the other masses are good too)
    Vivaldi, Gloria
    Vivaldi, Nulla in mundo pax sincera
    Rachmaninoff, Sacred Vespers

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