Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

Music for Lent…Requiem

Statue of Mozart in Vienna

Mozart Statue in Vienna… It was erected in 1898 and moved to its current location in 1953, reflecting Vienna’s love of the music of Mozart.

Some of the world’s most beautiful music has been composed to bring us into a worshipful place.  Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart is one of those compositions.

Mozart died less than six months after writing this music.  He composed the motet while in the middle of writing his opera, Die Zauberflote, and while visiting his wife, Constanze,  who was pregnant with their sixth child.  The motet,  which is a short piece of sacred choral music, typically polyphonic and unaccompanied, foreshadows “aspects of the Requiem, that is a mass for remembrance of those who died.   The best-known part of the requiem mass starts with these words:

“Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine” or “Give them eternal rest, O Lord

At this time of Lent, music played before Easter is usually mournful or sad because Christians are contemplating remembering the death of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.  Often a black cloth is draped across the crosses…to be removed on the glorious day of resurrection…Easter Sunday.

Turn on your sound and enlarge the picture for the best of King’s College choir at Cambridge and the Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart.

Blessings and peace to you from Boyer Writes

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