Category Art

The Customer is Always Wrong: a pop culture triptych

After early success with The Force Awakens Disney is now risking losing money on its newly acquired Star Wars franchise. Fans say they don’t like how Disney killed off the old characters and complain that the new characters are either boring or outright irritating. Disney reacts by saying the fans just don’t like ethnically diverse […]

Is all art political?

  Some people don’t like politics in their entertainment, and some entertainers answer that all art is political, so suck it up and buy our politicized art. Well, are they right? Is all art political? I don’t know. One could argue that all art takes place in a social context and all social contexts have […]

Cantate Domine

Heard this at the Latin Mass today. My high school choir used to sing this but it dropped out of our repertoire in my sophomore year, so that makes it (gasp) about 24 years since I’ve heard it. Enjoy.

Improperia

This is  the Improperia (or Reproaches) a Good Friday piece. The Latin words date from the 9th century (though the Greek fragment, Hagios o Theos, Hagios o Ischyros, Hagios o Athanatos, dates from probably the 5th.) This  arrangement by Luis Tomas de Victoria is from the 16th century.   We can’t avoid sorrow and suffering in […]

Feast of the Epipahny / Nun Seid Ihr Wohl Gerochen

Yesterday was the 12th Day of Christmas and it would have been the Feast of the Epiphany but most churches move the celebration to the next Sunday, (today). I’ve been posting my favorite Christmas carols to celebrate each of the 12 days (though I think I missed a couple). Today I’m not posting a carol, […]

Ich will dich mit fleiß bewahren

It is the 11th day of Christmas. I am marking the 12 Days of Christmas with my favorite carols. Today I go with a brief choral from J.S. Bach. Listen carefully, or it will be over before you know it. Translation (not mine) I will cherish You assiduously, I will live for You here, to […]

The Sussex Carol / On Christmas Night All Christians Sing

I’m posting Christmas carols in celebration of the 12 Days of Christmas. For the 9th day I’ve picked the Sussex Carol. Like many of the carols I’ve been posting this one too is an old folk carol that was preserved in country churches and then discovered and brought to the attention of the wider world […]