The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Friday, March 31, 2006

On the Transmigration of Souls

I recently finally listened to this work by the Pulitzer prize winnging composer John Adams. It is a very understated work musically, but it can almost bring you to tears. For those who do not know the history of this work, it was written in response to the 9/11 attacks, and the composer uses texts from the victims´ families both as spoken word and for chorus. The emotional power this brings shakes you at a very human level, and the music does its best to augment this atmosphere of anger and mourning.

This is a piece I will only listen to once, but I am glad I did. John Adams should be commended for creating a non-religious expression of the classical Requiem in response to such a tragedy.


At 11:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reading of the names bit really hit home.

It reminded me of the causalty list that scrolled over Walter Kronkite at the end of the news near the end of the Vietnam War -- I really think seeing a list of names each night turned the people against that war.

Adams uses the same techinique with moving success. When you personalize corporate evil, it becomes even more revolting than it already is.

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