Mystical Music Through Time

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Estonian composer Arvo Pärt

The right music at the right moment can be an almost mystical experience.  But some music is specifically meant to be mystical in nature.  You find this in the music of the Eastern Orthodox church, in Sufi music, in the trance music traditions of Southeast Asia or Morocco.  In Western classical music, you find it in some medieval music, like that of Hildegard von Bingen, and in contemporary composers like Estonia’s Arvo Pärt and the late Englishman Sir John Tavener, whose music has an eastern, mystical cast to it.  You can also find it, surprisingly, in Beethoven, whose “Holy Prayer Of Thanksgiving” offers a serene, almost timeless series of long held tones.  This time on The Furthermore, we’ll hear an hour of mystical music.  

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Program:

Sir John Tavener – Mystic Prayer To The Holy Spirit, excerpt
The Tallis Scholars, members of the Chilingirian String Quartet

Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet #15, Op. 132, 3rd movement, “Heiliger Dankgesang (Holy Song of Thanksgiving)”
Artemis Quartet

Arvo Pärt – Fratres
The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic

Hildegard von Bingen – O Ecclesia, excerpt
Musica Sacra, choir   

Sir John Tavener - Mystic Prayer To The Holy Spirit
The Tallis Scholars, members of the Chilingirian String Quartet

Anna Thorvaldsdottir - Heyr þu oss himnum a
Skylark, choir

Charles Ives – The Unanswered Question
Leonard Bernstein/NY Philharmonic

John Luther Adams – Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing, excerpt
JoAnn Falletta/Apollo Chamber Orchestra