Thursday, January 31, 2008

Locus iste

For your meditation today here is a motet by Anton Bruckner with the text:

Locus iste a Deo factus est, inaestimabile sacramentum, irreprehensibilis est.

This place was made by God, a priceless mystery; it is without reproof.

One of my best experiences as a chorister was to sing this in a 16-voice choir for a church consecration. The reverb was 7 seconds, a dangerous thing if you sing without awareness of your space. But for this venue, our director had superb subtlety and the sound that came back to us was heartachingly beautiful.

1 comment:

Tom in Vegas said...

This stuff is right up my alley! I absolutely LOVE sacred music, and this Bruckner fellow could write some lovely pieces.

"Locus iste a Deo..." is one of my favoties.