Rorate Caeli

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7 comments:

Alex said...

Thank you for posting this beautiful music! Bach, the Mass, conducted by Richter, in 1969 (a pre-Novus Ordo performance!!!)

Enjoy your holidays. :)

Anonymous said...

If Bach was a Lutheran, why did he compose a Mass? Is it a Lutheran "mass"?

Jordanes said...

Bach was a Lutheran, but during the 1730s he wanted a better and more secure position, so in 1733 he "auditioned," so to speak, to become court musician for Augustus III, who was King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania, the Electoral Prince of Saxony, presenting him with the manuscript of his Kyrie and Gloria from his Mass in B minor. King Augustus liked what he heard and gave him the job, and Bach later composed a full Mass. Though he was not a Catholic, his musical gift was unmatched, and he did not scruple to make use of that gift for Catholic patrons such as Augustus.

Knight of Malta said...

Why is it that the Novus Ordo has inspired no great music?

Anonymous said...

Jordanes: Thank you very much for that answer.
Knight of Malta: Good joke. :-)

Knight of Malta said...

Anon @ 01:24

Thanks, people sometimes don't get my humor!

awatkins69 said...

The ending and cadence is most beautiful.