Thursday, November 22, 2007

Hail Bright Cecilia

The Ecstasy of S. Cecilia by RaphaelThough I've always found her link to music just a bit tenuous - something to do with hearing heavenly music on her wedding day - Santa Cecilia is the patron saint of music and musicians and as a result incredibly beautiful music has been written to honour her.

I've always loved Charles Gounod's Ste Cecilia Mass and particularly the Sanctus. And if every anyone was blessed by Cecilia it was the great Swedish tenor Jussi Bjorling. Though the recording is old, the text is sung in English and the accompanying choir a bit shaky, the Saint has never been praised more beautifully than this:



22 novembre - Santa Cecilia

5 comments:

Doralong said...

I was in a very grumpy mood and you just made me smile in a very big way- thanks!

Doralong said...

P.S.- you really need to put up one of those email me thingies in your side bar...

Lorraine said...

Our cathedral has a youth music program with various levels of "teaching" choirs. The first level is St. Cecilia. Just sayin'.

And what D said about an email link.

Willym said...

Doralong: Your more than welcome - music can really do it can't it?

Not sure how I do that - the e-mail thing I mean - but it is on my profile.

Lorraine: First level - didn't think you could go higher - oh yeah forgot about the BVM and Blessed Trinity - scratch that!

Auld Hat said...

That was glorious indeed. I'm organizing my Christmas tree ornaments now.