Saturday, November 22, 2014

Some Ink for Saint Cecilia

Good for The Writer’s Almanac for leading off today’s feed with St. Cecilia!

The patron saint of musicians is featured in the stained-glass windows behind the organ loft in our church along with two other musical notables.

The other two are: King David, the psalmist, and Pope Gregory, from whom we get Gregorian chant.

The pieces in TWA are not necessarily Catholic or even religious, but they’re usually well researched. Like this snippet about St. C:

“It wasn't really until the 1400s that people began to celebrate her widely as the patron saint of music. Then, in the 1500s, people in Normandy held a large musical festival to honor her, and the trend made its way to England in the next century. Henry Purcell composed celebratory odes to honor her, and the painter Raphael created a piece called ‘The Ecstasy of St. Cecilia.’ Chaucer wrote about her in the Second Nonnes Tale, and Handel composed a score for a famous ode to her that John Dryden had written.”

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