The church so highly prized the Miserere
Mei that anyone who copied even a part of it risked excommunication, writes Kelly Grovier, a poet and cofounder of the European Romantic Review.
If anything, the Miserere
or Psalm 51, ignoring the dark text more than the Requiem, is even more beautiful.
I MUST CONFESS THAT OUT OF ALL THE PSALMS IN THE BIBLE, my favorite is Psalm 51, known as the Miserere
, the psalm's first word in its Latin translation, which means "to pity." This psalm is often said to be the greatest of the seven "Penitential Psalms" (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143), each of which expresses sorrow for sin.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams suggests that "we need annually to hear the Allegri Miserere
or the St.
As usual, the brilliant II Fondamento ensemble is in top form on their performances of the solemn and powerful Requiem mass and the even more emotionally gripping eight-movement Miserere
En hoe moet die arme leser sintaktiese kop of stert uitmaak van die volgende strofe uit "Miserere
mei Deus (track 4) we have a chance to hear in solos and then in choral arrangement the extraordinarily effective parallel combination of these sliding melodics with the European psalmody.
There's a splendid excerpt from Allegri's Miserere
performed by The Choir of King's College, Cambridge (it's a pity it wasn't longer) and a wonderful moody recording of Tallis's Spem In Alium by the same choir.