We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Beautiful. The painting is interesting --it looks to this lay eye as if the artist is literally breaking (by breaking the strict figurine plumb lines) free of Byzantine iconography. He isn't going too far, he's just gonna tilt a head a bit here and there.
What a long, hard, thousand year struggle it was, for Europe to recover in art what it had already known in the Greco-Roman times!
Lodovico da Viadana was credited with bringing back the basic music form of praise with simple melody and texts based on the Psalms. He is viewed in a historical context as a transitional composer bridging the Italian Renaissance and Baroque forms.
It is interesting that da Viadana was a Franciscan Friar who's life of simple contemplation resulted in these unpretentious songs of praise treated so elegantly in the transitional choral style.
Not to get horribly technical here, but the transitional form from Italian Renaissance to Baroque represented here is actually an adaptation of the Gregorian chant which at that time was in use for over a thousand years. It uses two of the four modes of Gregorian chanting - the incipit (the text or rhyming) and cadence which are reciting notes around which the other notes of the melody revolve. The interesting bit is that da Viadana used the Gregorian Mode to produce his harmonies instead of the more (at that time) modern seven note Major and Minor scales (such as Dorian, Lydian, Phrygian, Lydian, etc.).
--no need to stop --this stuff is the very opposite of boring. It's a message to eternity from a faraway long lost place in time which for some reason developed these people with the enormous sensibility and devotion to figure a way to send it.
'Wonderful' in the strict sense of energizing wonder.
What a choice and very coincidental - the USC choir did this passage at evening Mass last night (for some odd reason, the USC Music Department has a large proportion of Catholics and they attend St. Peters in Columbia). The choir is largely made up of USC music majors with some parishioners sprinkled in.
I believe this is Psalm 32, or parts of it anyway.
"Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones:
it is fitting for the upright ones to give praise.
Acknowledge the Lord with the harp.
Sing to him with a psaltery of ten strings.
Sing to him a new song.
Sing praises to him well with a loud voice,
for the word of the Lord is right,
and all his works are done in faithfulness."
An interesting historical note - the harp and psaltery mentioned were essentially the same instrument during the 16th Century. The harp/psaltery was a zither like instrument is the historical ancestor to the modern Autoharp.
What a way to greet Sunday morning. Very cool BD - very cool.