Sunday, May 01, 2005

Benedict XVI and Classical Music

It looks like our new Pope plays piano and loves Mozart's music:

Pope Benedict XVI is a pianist with a penchant for Mozart, which he is said to find more manageable than Brahms, given the limited amount of time he has to practice. (Until his election, he was one of the busiest cardinals in his role as chief interpreter and enforcer of doctrine.) His brother, a priest, was a church Kapellmeister. The Ratzinger boys were born in the part of Bavaria long under the influence of Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace.


Bach lovers will also be pleased by the new pope's taste. In the message, he called Bach "perhaps the greatest musical genius of all time." And in fact, as he was driven around St. Peter's Square after his installation last weekend, loudspeakers played Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ. When he received dignitaries later in St. Peter's Basilica, the Hallelujah chorus filled the air. It was not known whether he had made the program choices.


It's nice to discover the new Pope slowly.


Blogger Iohannes Michahel said...

"The mathematics of the universe does not exist by itself, nor, as
people now came to see, can it be explained by stellar deities. It has a deeper foundation: the mind of the Creator. It comes from the Logos, in whom, so to speak, the archetypes of the world's order are contained. The Logos, through the Spirit, fashions the material world according to these archetypes. In virtue of his work in creation, the Logos is, therefore, called the "art of God" (ars = techne!) The Logos Himself is the great artist, in whom all works of art the beauty of the universe have their origin.

To sing with the universe means, then, to follow the track of the Logos and to come close to Him. All true human art is an assimilation to the artist, to Christ, to the mind of the Creator. The idea of music of the
cosmos, of singing with the angels, leads back again to the relation of art to logos, but now it is broadened and deepened in the context of the cosmos. Yes, it is the cosmic context that gives art in the liturgy both its measure and its scope. A merely subjective "creativity" is no match
for the vast compass of the cosmos and for the message of its beauty.
When a man conforms to the measure of the universe, his freedom is not
diminished but expanded to a new horizon."

(quoted from "The Spirit of the Liturgy," and reproduced by the Adoremu Bulletin Online Edition - Vol. VII, No. 8: November 2001

Habemus musicam Papam :-)

5/05/2005 07:20:00 AM  
Blogger Fayrouz said...


Good to see your comment. I hope you're doing well.

Thanks for the link :-)

5/06/2005 10:56:00 AM  
Blogger Iohannes Michahel said...

Hi Fayrouz,

I'm doing well enough. I ordered "The Spirit of the Liturgy." I'll let you know all about it :-)

5/07/2005 05:53:00 AM  

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