Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Michael Voris, AGT, and Lloyd Webber

Michael Voris focused on beauty in a recent episode of the Vortex.
This program is from ChurchMilitant.TV

I was stunned when they started singing. Just absolutely stunned. Why? It was beautiful, and I was amazed by their choice. These men are tremendously gifted singers, and are using that ability well.

Now, the piece is called the Pie Jesu. It originated in the Sequence of the Requiem Mass, the Dies Irae. The version chosen by the singers is the pop-classical arrangement by Andrew Lloyd Webber, best known for his Broadway shows. You've probably heard other settings at a funeral or two.

Why would a non-Catholic man write music for his deceased father that is abundantly Catholic? Sure, it sounds beautiful. The Dies Irae is meant to be sung, else it sound childish in its rhyme scheme. Beauty will save the world, so said Dostoevsky. But beauty can be out of context. It doesn't always lead to goodness. In the early part of the last century it often lead to profanity, as people tried to separate beauty and Truth.

The reason, I think, that Webber wrote a setting of the Mass for performance is because it is beautiful, as it lifts man's soul towards Our Lord in a time of darkness. Christianity in every facet somehow addresses the problem of evil, and death is a consequence of the Fall. Everyone who has-or even takes on, in the case of Jesus- flesh has to die. This is also why others perform it, I think. Much of this is probably subconscious or subtle.

 If Our Lord touched Webber just once in his life with the text of the Holy Mass, He can certainly draw him close in the hour of his death through Our Lady. May it happen to all of us, as we pray, "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen."

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