Friday, April 03, 2009

Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin Mary

According to the older calendar today is the Commemoration of the Seven Dolours of the BVM, so wise a feast before Holy Week.


georgem said...

On a day of mixed emotions for me, I say thank you thrice, Father. This is one of my all-time favourite pieces (often played) and taken at a dignified tempo by Claudio Abbado. I have always loved the mix of soprano and alto and am really sad that current fashion dictates the countertenor wins over the contralto. How could one listen to the rich timbre of alto Lucia Valentini in this duet and not weep for the Sorrows of Our lady.

tempus putationis said...

Thank you, father, for letting us hear this beautiful movement from the Stabat Mater and see the traditional images of the Virgo Dolorosa. A perfect end to the day, returning from a penitential service. Are the images from Spain?

Clark said...

I am struck by the incongruency of the singers' attire and that of the Person of Whom they are singing.

incongruent - not congruent
geometry - the pure mathematics of points and lines and curves and surfaces;
congruent - coinciding when superimposed

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