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    If you really want to clear your head of all the later developments of western classical music, and zone out into a contemplative state, go for Gregorian Chants.

    Monophonic, one note at a time, senza mensura -- often not sounding metered or boxed in by bar lines -- actually intended for those participating as a meditation -- clears out your head and your sinuses.

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    "Sacred Music" per se of course doesn´t exclude a varied or contemporarily influenced idiom; such music only has literary and religious sources in common.

    Gorecki: choral works, including Miserere & Beatus Vir
    Messiaen: 3 Petites Liturgies
    Stravinsky: Psalm Symphony
    Penderecki: Te Deum
    Gubajdulina: 7 Last Words concerto
    Schnittke: Requiem

    Renaissance: Cantigas de Santa Maria

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    Some favorites:

    J.S. Bach - St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Mass in B minor (the many church cantatas)
    Buxtehude - Membra Jesu Nostri
    Charpentier - Te Deum
    Vivaldi - Dixit Dominus RV 595
    Handel - Dixit Dominus HWV 232
    Monteverdi - Vespers
    Lully - Benedictus
    Mozart - Requiem
    Brahms - Requiem
    Stravinsky - Mass
    Janacek - Glagolitic Mass
    Penderecki - St. Luke Passion
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetrB View Post
    If you really want to clear your head of all the later developments of western classical music, and zone out into a contemplative state, go for Gregorian Chants.

    Monophonic, one note at a time, senza mensura -- often not sounding metered or boxed in by bar lines -- actually intended for those participating as a meditation -- clears out your head and your sinuses.
    Yes. Many sacred works, particularly requiems, masses, passions, are actually quite aggravating.
    "What's intended in this end section of course is a sort of, how shall I say, exhilirating immersion in total negation - which itself produces a sort of sublimity." - Brian Ferneyhough

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    Some of my personal favs:
    Vaughan Williams, Mass & Sancta Civitas
    Arvo Pärt, Te Deum & Kanon Pokajanen
    Herbert Howells, Hymnus Paradisi
    Khatchatur Avetisyan [Avetissian], Oratorio in memoriam 1915
    Gustav Holst, Hymn of Jesus
    Maurice Duruflé, Requiem
    Ēriks Ešenvalds, Passion and Resurrection
    Karol Szymanowski, Stabat Mater
    John Tavener (I'm not a fan of the composer, but this makes the exception), Lament for Jerusalem

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    I highly recommend Dvorak's Requiem and Stabat Mater.
    If you like Mozart's Requiem, then try an earlier one, by Michael Haydn.

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    Handel's Messiah just totally tops my list! Two and a half hours Meditating on the Word of God!
    Beethoven Missa Solemnis (Mass in D) and Mass in C.
    Vivaldi's Glorias.
    Haydn's Missa Brevis.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Check out The Tallis Scholars perform Palestrina, Tallis, Josquin, Victoria, and Byrd. You'll sprout wings and fly away....
    Last edited by Blake; Dec-16-2013 at 22:33. Reason: Spelling and Composers

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    'Listen, Mister god!
    Isn't it boring
    to dip your puffy eyes,
    every day, into a jelly of clouds?'

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    The TC main screen has one line item with the works "Sacred music advice", while line item beneath it reads "Tomás Luis de Victoria"--one can do little better.

    Throw in some Monteverdi, Lassus, Gabrieli (G & A!), Palestrina, Rameau, Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Porpora, Gossec, Cherubini, Hummel, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Liszt, Faure, etc., etc.

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    some sacred harp singing. go to one of their singings and sit in!

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    Nice touch...
    'Listen, Mister god!
    Isn't it boring
    to dip your puffy eyes,
    every day, into a jelly of clouds?'

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    Quote Originally Posted by usumdelphini View Post
    Hello everybody,

    I want to purify my ear listening just to Sacred music for two weeks. So I would like to collect your advices for a "must of" list.

    Thanks in advance
    You'd better 'purify your mind' first, by re-examining what 'sacred' music is, and can be.
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    Festive & meditative

    Full of inner peace

    Infectious joy

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    The Eton Choirbook. Granted those who trash Medieval and Renaissance music won't appreciate it, I can't recommend it highly enough.

    Brumel's Earthquake Mass.

    The album "Chant Byzantin" by Marie Keyrouz.

    Zelenka's Sub olea pacis.

    Buxtehude's Membra Jesu nostri.

    If Biber's Rosary Sonatas count, count them in!

    Gesualdo's Tenebrae.

    Gombert's Magnificats.

    Golijov's Mark Passion.

    Victoria's Requiem.

    For fun, Dvorak's mass.

    And for something way off the beaten path, if you can find it, Jiràsek's Missa propria.
    Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.

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