Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Top-C in Oldies Architecture and Music

The story is that Mozart heard this at age 14, about 140 years after it was written.

This is a good week to refresh our standard of "timelessness." The church, composer, composition, and performance all have intrigues. But we needn't know any of that to be moved. The first Top-C arrives at about 1:45.

Miserere, also called "Miserere mei, Deus" by Gregorio Allegri performed by the Tallis Scholars in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

If words would do, we wouldn't need music, art, or architecture to reveal our highest notes.

You'll probably enjoy a few other versions of the work:


  1. Wow! That C is beautiful! And the acoustics so wonderful. The architecture certainly adds to that! Thanks for the listen!
    PS. Have you heard John Rutter's Mass of the Children? It's so moving. He wrote it 5 or so months after his son was killed while crossing the road. He was a student at Clare College in Cambridge. You can feel his love, his grief, his hope. It's truly spectacular.

  2. Goosebumps! Thanks for them!

  3. Thank you, Terry. Perfect after a long day at the office.


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