Music and the Assumption

You might want to surf over to News.va today to listen to an mp3 by Msgr. Philip Whitmore who speaks about Palestrina, John Tavener, and about the doctrine of the Assumption of Mary, through music.  Sadly, he needed more time to develop his theme.  It is only about 6 minutes long, so it is only a surface surf across some music connected to today’s feast, but it may give you a few ideas for music to search out.

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2 Responses to Music and the Assumption

  1. Andreas says:

    Friends; There are several splendid recordings available of works based on the theme, “Assumpta est Maria”. The glorious setting by William Byrd can be found on the Hyperion label. A little known Mass on the Assumption of Mary by Marc-Antione Charpentier has been recorded by Glossa. Harmonia Mundi France (HMF) offers a delightful rare gem by the 17th century composer from the court of Louis XIV, Louis Lemaire. A Graduale, Assumpta est Maria, by Joesp Portell (17th century) can be found on the Bon label. The Cuban composer Esteban Salas (1725-1803) composed a lovely work on this theme, a recording of which is available on the K617 label. The King’s College Choir’s ASV label recording of this same work by Sebastian de Vivanco (1551-1622) is a lovely interpretation of high renaissance polyphony. Chiara Margherita Cozzolani (1602-1677) wrote a very lovely collection of Marienvesper (Vesper for Mary) during the mid-1600s. His Assumption of Mary is part of this splendid collection and can be found on the Thorofon label. There are many more, but I hope that these recommendations will prove a good start in your search for this moving tribute to Our Lady.

  2. Martial Artist says:

    Dear Father,

    I believe that Msgr. Whitmore was speaking about John Taverner, the Renaissance English composer (c. 1490 – 1545), rather than John Tavener (1944-) the Orthodox (since 1977) British composer.

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer