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    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

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    Anything by Palestrina.
    "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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    Mozart's, Brahms's, and Verdi's requiems are the obvious picks.

    Fauré's requiem, Bruckner's F minor mass, and Schubert's C major mass are particular favourites of mine.

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    If you are looking for purity you need to listen to pieces for unaccompanied choir.

    This lot should keep you going

    Rachmaninov - Vespers
    - Liturgy of St. John Chrysostum
    Tchaikovsky - Liturgy of St. John Chrysostum

    John Taverner (b. c. 1490)
    Gloria Tibi Trinitas
    Western Wind Mass

    Tallis - Spem in Alium
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    Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Vaughan Williams' Sancta Civitas and all sacred pieces by Bach.

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    Masses and motets by Dufay, Ockeghem, Josquin et al.

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    For sacred music written by an atheist:
    Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGCCRN0o9Lo

    For sacred music written by an ex-Lutheran Jew:
    Schoenberg's Friede auf erden (in D major/minor) and Psalm 130
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf8sqv6Gyz0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZKPgi8_aj4

    For sacred music by a Russian Orthodox crossing over to write Catholic music:
    Stravinsky's Mass
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR8H0BlF3YA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWjN2e9WWbQ

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    For a lighter touch, Bach's Magnificat and Poulenc's Gloria.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahlerian View Post
    For sacred music written by an atheist:
    Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGCCRN0o9Lo
    Well, I had no idea Vaughan-Williams wrote a Mass, though I knew he was fairly massive. I would not have guessed this as RVW music on a blind hearing. It sounds quite historical to a layman's ears.

    My pick for sacred music would be the Symphoniae Sacrae by Heinrich Schütz, especially this one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjRfof7WsHo

    I've pestered the forum a few times before, raving about this piece.
    Last edited by Weston; May-17-2013 at 04:12.

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    I second all the pieces listed. Especially "all the sacred music of Bach." That's more than two weeks' worth.

    I would add Haydn's Seven Last Words - especially the string quartet version of the Lindsay String Quartet.
    Beethoven's Missa Solemnis is a favorite of mine - it's so "human."
    I also like Arvo Part's I Am The True Vine - it's short, in English, and illustrates his technique succinctly.
    Szymanowki's Stabat Mater is evocative.
    I would also suggest Schubert's Masses in Ab and Eb.
    Listen to Biber's Missa Bruxellensis with your speakers all the way up.
    If you can find Jos van Immerseel's Six Cantatas by Dietrich Buxtehude, it's a great performance.

    I could go on and on, but that's enough for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahammel View Post

    Fauré's requiem, Bruckner's F minor mass, and Schubert's C major mass are particular favourites of mine.
    I will second these picks.

    I'd add Saint-Saëns' Requiem, Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil (vespers), Pärt's Te Deum, Josquin's Missa Panga Lingua, anything by Hildegard von Bingen, and my current favorite piece of music: Dona nobis pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Seriously. It gives me tingles.

    The Hickox also comes with Sancta Civitas, which was suggested earlier.

    Vaughan Williams Hickox.jpg
    Last edited by Selby; May-17-2013 at 03:27. Reason: pic

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    No one has suggested Miserere by Allegri yet
    Heather W. Reichgott, piano
    http://heatherwreichgott.blogspot.com

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    Josquin des Pres--Missa Pange Lingua

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    Koyannisqatsi, Philip Glass.
    "The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?"
    -Confucious

    "In Spring! In the creation of art it must be as it is in Spring!" -Arnold Schoenberg

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    Cherubini: Missa Solemnis in D Minor, "Per il Principe Esterházy"
    Cherubini: Requiem #1 in C Minor
    Cherubini: Requiem #2 in D Minor
    Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
    Praetorius: Magnificat
    Monteverdi: Solemn Mass For The Feast Of Sancta Maria Della Salute
    Monteverdi: Selva Morale E Spirituale
    Palestrina: Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet
    Palestrina: Missa l'Homme armé À 4
    Ockeghem: Salve Regina
    Haydn: Missa in Tempore Belli, H 22/9, "Paukenmesse"
    Haydn: Missa in Augustiis, H 22/11, "Nelson Mass"
    etc., etc.

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