Author Archives: Fr Anthony Chadwick

Cecilian Movement

I have written a couple of articles recently about Don Lozenzo Perosi and his major compositions, in particular his oratorios and secular orchestral works. I mentioned his church music in passing, for its style is totally different. These works are … Continue reading

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A reflection on Lent

Thinking about Lent now that it is over, I return to a favourite quote by Oscar Wilde as he suffered his incarceration in the 1890′s: Reformations in morals are as meaningless and vulgar as Reformations in theology. But while to … Continue reading

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Beauty and Religion

Hat tip to Deborah Gyapong as she found another article inspiring. So do I. The person in question is particularly interested in the cinema. Indeed, it is frustrating to see a great film only to find that a portrayal of … Continue reading

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La Risurrezione di Cristo

Yesterday, I sang the praises of that great Italian musician and churchman Don Lorenzo Perosi. As we enter the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey, one of the Old Testament figures of the Transitus Domini, I present you one … Continue reading

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O Filii et Filiae

I wish you all a happy and glorious Easter in the joy of the Risen One. This setting of O Filii et Filiae is taken from the monumental oratorio of Franz Liszt, Christus. Like the peace and reverence of the … Continue reading

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Don Lorenzo Perosi

You might not know the music of Lorenzo Perosi (1872-1956) (more detailed article in Italian) who was an extremely gifted composer in the great Italian operatic tradition. However, he never composed operas. Giacomo Puccini is quoted as saying that “C’è … Continue reading

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The Future of Music

I have been involved in music for most of my life, mostly organ and choral music. Since then, my tastes in listening have broadened, and I tend to have a great affection for chamber music. My tastes have refined over … Continue reading

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In pace in idipsum

For this Good Friday, I offer you my musical setting of the text In pace in idipsum, which is sung at the Burial of Christ at the end of the Mass of the Presanctified in the Use of Sarum. Our … Continue reading

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Even when Judas hanged himself, there was a storm too…

I love the old Clint Eastwood films! One of my favourites is The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. This film involves a Mexican by the name of Tuco, a professional bandit and brother of a Franciscan priest. From 3 … Continue reading

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Death

This is Holy Week, during which we meditate about human wickedness and perversity in the minds of official religious clerics, regardless of the faith they claim. We contemplate the death of Christ, and throughout Lent, we have considered our own … Continue reading

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