Friday, April 9, 2010

"Spem in alium" and Ely Cathedral: Oldies Architecture and Music

The first performance of "Spem in alium" may have been for Queen Elizabeth I's 40th birthday in 1573. This amateur video set to music puts impossible sounds into impossible spaces.

More about Spem in alium composed circa 1670. More about Ely Cathedral started in 1083.

Spem in alium numquam habui praeter in te
Deus Israel
qui irasceris
et propitius eris
et omnia peccata hominum in tribulatione dimittis
Domine Deus
Creator coeli et terrae
respice humilitatem nostram

I have never put my hope in any other but in you,
O God of Israel
who can show both anger
and graciousness,
and who absolves all the sins of suffering man
Lord God,
Creator of Heaven and Earth
be mindful of our lowliness



  1. No, thank you. It was beautiful, Terry. Thank you for the musical hug I needed this morning.

  2. Glorious music in a glorious place. Watching that was almost a religious experience in itself. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. What a wonderful combination... both the majestic architecture of the cathedral and the richness of the voices reach deep into one's being and create a sense of euphoria...

  4. What a treat for the soul! Thank you terry.

    I have an interview with artist Robert Anders up on my site that is fascinating!

    Art by Karena

  5. Takes my breath away! I believe it was music that created the world, truly, or at least stirred souls into being.


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