Friday, May 16, 2008

Pacem In Excelsius



Attended PCC's performance of Bach's Mass in B minor - where Z performed this Bass Aria:

Et in Spiritum Sanctum (And I believe in the Holy Ghost),
Dominum, et vivificantem (the Lord and giver of life):
qui ex Patre Filioque procedit (Who prodeedeth from the Father and the Son).
Qui cum Patre et Filio simul (Who with the Father and the Son together)
adoratur et conglorificatur (is worshipped and glorified):
qui locutus est per Prophetas (who spoke by the Prophets).
Credo in unam sanctam (And I believe in one holy)
catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam (catholic and apostolic Church).


Bach, the greatest composer in the 18C, was also a devout Lutheran Christian who had a heart for sacred music. He was certainly prolific in producing more than 1000 works in his life. And the more I read online about the intricacy and underlying theology of his music, the more I'm impressed by his cleverness and devotion!

And hear this, the Credo section is in fact, the Nicene Creed. Containing all the essential elements of the Christian faith, it's no wonder that we recite it for holy communion in church. And so I wonder if God's presence tangibly filled the cathedral as the chorus chimed in tutti,

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy)
Dominus Deus Sabaoth (Lord God of Hosts)
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua (Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory)


On a different note, looking around during the concert, I realised the other constant, next to change: Aging. Friends, friends' family, the conductor and players on stage - oh how we've aged.

No wonder the bible teaches us to number our days. Let's live life with a great story to tell at the end of it!

1 comment:

Z said...

nice choice of vid. incidentally, we also watched this vid as a choir, as we made somewhat similar performance choices when performing the piece :) Glad u were inspired :) I most definitely was by this amazing piece, truly a culmination of a life's work by a devout genius of music!