Monthly Archives: December 2013

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Geertgen tot Sint’s Nativity Scene ca 1490 The light is returning… Happy Christmas everyone “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, I would my true love did so chance to see the legend of my play to call my true love … Continue reading

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Open, my whole heart

Van Eyck’s small and charming Dresden Tryptich. On the left, Archangel Michael presenting a donor, on the right St Catherine, with a book and the sword in her hand. Lots of symbols in the iconography…. Enjoy Johann Sebastian Bach; Christmas … Continue reading

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Queen of Heaven

Another beautiful Van Eyck Madonna Enjoy with a piece of Mozart (click embedded player at the bottom of the page)   W.A. Mozart Missa brevis, C-Major (Spatzenmesse)

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Our life, our sweetness and hope

A picture of completeness with the Divine Mother in it’s centre. Enjoy with a Gregorian Meditation… MADONNA OF THE ROSE GRADEN (ca 1440) STEFAN LOCHNER (b. ca. 1400, Meersburg am Bodensee, d. 1451, Köln) Salve Regina mater misericordiae vita dulcedo … Continue reading

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The gate of the rising sun

For the lover of mystery, mysticism and music: Vespro della Beata Vegine Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) Conducted byNikolaus Harnoncourt ” Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool” …Loosen the chains of the guilty, give light the … Continue reading

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Behold, you have been raised above the choir of angels

Geertgen tot Sin’s Madonna with child, ca 1480 in the Netherlands,  about 40 years after Van Eycks death. Fascinating symbolism, complemented by the sacred music of a 16th century Venetian…. Giovanni Gabrieli: Beata es virgo Maria Latin text Beata es, … Continue reading

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You are beautiful, my friend

Last year I was drawn to Giotto’s breathtaking expressions of the Madonna and child. This Christmas I am marveling at the beauty of Van Eyck’s take on the symbolism of the Birth and the Mother’s Love for her child. This … Continue reading

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Fair as the moon, choice as the sun

A little pre-Christmas treat: Van Eyk’s Lucca Madonna with a beautiful Josquin motette…. Enjoy… Josquin Desprez, Virgo prudentissima Virgo prudentissima quo progrederis quasi aurora valde rutilans filia Sion, pulchra ut luna, electa ut sol O most wise virgin, where are … Continue reading

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Advent

Waiting for the light to return… Greetings from Vienna p.s. There are many beautiful Christmas songs and posts on this blog…Enjoy      

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