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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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Music of the Spheres

Happy New Year 2013 This piece is from today’s New Year’s Concert in Vienna. The piece is called ” Music of the Spheres” a waltz by by Josef Strauss

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Silent night, holy night

Giotto’s masterpiece. Happy Christmas everyOne Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht! Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht! Alles schläft, einsam wacht Nur das traute, hochheilige Paar. Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar, Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh, Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht! Gottes … Continue reading

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Hark !

Some more angelic creatures as perceived by the ” imagician” Giotto Bondone… Hark ! the herald angel sings

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The majesty of the logos

This is Giotto’s beautiful Ognissanto Madonna, originally painted for a Franciscan church in Florence. The Italian title of the painting is “La Maestà di Ognissanti”, pointing to the  the majestic quality of the logos or wisdom, giving birth to everything. Johann … Continue reading

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Heissa

This is one of the altar pieces of the Parish Church  St Wolfgang, Austria. The artist is Michael Pacher (ca 1430 – 1498) and this beautiful scene is complemented with a traditional Christmas carol from the area. Its a shepherd’s … Continue reading

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Winged bringers of joy

A Giotto angel…one of his wondrous, birdlike creatures. Maybe this is how people saw them in the early 14th century ? Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains, And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous … Continue reading

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The earliest moon of wintertime

Another nativity by the visionary Giotto.- This one, from the early 1300 is clearly showing the advent from the traditional Byzantine treatment to features of the early Renaissance.  The nativity is a scene from a fresco in Assisi. Nobody painted … Continue reading

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Rejoice

The 3rd Sunday of Advent is the  Gaudete Sunday and  a rose-coloured candle is lit on the advent wreath. (A proper advent wreath has 3 violet and one rose coloured candle) Gaudete means “rejoice” … When I looked for suitable music, … Continue reading

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A human expression

Another Giotto Madonna… This is from his earlier work, still in the fashion of the Byzantine style but about to break free. Maybe this is why I am so drawn to Giotto. His artwork is all about giving the divine … Continue reading

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