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    Zelenka aka the "Catholic Bach"

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    Schnittke converted to Catholicism.

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    By upbringing (in Bavaria) Max Reger was naturally a Catholic. He did however have a deep love of traditional Lutheran chorales which he used in many fine organ works.

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    Lili (and Nadia) Boulanger
    Nikolai Obukhov

    I'm not sure about Galina Ustvolskaya, Sofia Gubaidolina or Arvo Part.
    What time is the next swan?

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    Don’t forget the catholic composers (small c) who love plenty of variety, broad diversity, and worship in no church.
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    Don't forget Cherubini. Also, Gounoud wrote some lovely Catholic music. Maybe not top-tier but lovely anyway. And Gabrieli is lots of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicSybarite View Post
    Stravinsky became catholic as far as I know.
    He was Russian Orthodox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    Mozart and Haydn were practicing Catholics . . .
    I think it's a shame that right when Mozart figured out how to really write sacred music (the Ave Verum, the priests' chorus in Magic Flute, the requiem), he died. What he could have produced if he had lived would have been amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I think it's a shame that right when Mozart figured out how to really write sacred music (the Ave Verum, the priests' chorus in Magic Flute, the requiem), he died. What he could have produced if he had lived would have been amazing.

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    The Coronation Mass is great, but I can hear in those late pieces that he was about to go somewhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    The Coronation Mass is great, but I can hear in those late pieces that he was about to go somewhere else.
    Just the thought for dying at 35...yet he achieved so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    Just the thought for dying at 35...yet he achieved so much!
    Seriously! He keeps us all humble.

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    The immortal Franz Schubert was closely associated with the church in a variety of ways in his early years. As with Mozart, what he achieved in the short time given to him leaves one speechless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicSybarite View Post
    Stravinsky became catholic as far as I know.
    In 1910 Stravinsky left the Russian Orthodox Church into which he was born, He later discovered "the necessity of religious belief" and from 1926 to 1939 Stravinsky attended liturgy regularly at an Orthodox church in Paris that served the Russian émigré population. Stravinsky related that a miraculous healing had played a role in his reconversion. In 1925 when suffering from an abscess in his right finger, he prayed at a church in Nice before a “miraculous” icon for healing. Not long afterwards he gave a concert in Venice, and as he sat down at the piano to play his Piano Sonata and removed the bandage from his finger, he discovered that the abscess was miraculously healed.

    After that period his churchgoing began to lapse (the music, he complained, all sounded "like Rachmaninoff" and once in confession the priest had asked him for his autograph). Stravinsky was greatly influenced by his friend, the Thomist philosopher Jacques Maritain, who led a Catholic intellectual revival in France between the World Wars. Maritain articulated a neo-Thomistic aesthetics and hailed Stravinsky as a living example of the ideal Christian artist, praising the “discipline,” “classical rigor,” and “purity” of his more recent music. But however tempted at times by Roman Catholicism, to the end Stravinsky considered himself staunchly Russian Orthodox "for linguistic reasons".

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