Friday, April 25, 2008

Music Gives Hope

The text is in Italian only, for now, but here is a speech by Benedict XVI on music, given following a concert in his honor to mark the third anniversary of his pontificate. Here is the Zenit report:

There is a kinship between music and hope, between song and eternal life, said Benedict XVI at the end of a concert offered in his honor today.

The concert was a gift from the president of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, to mark the third anniversary of Benedict XVI's pontificate. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected April 19, 2005, and began his petrine ministry April 24.

The Holy Father attended the concert, held in Paul VI Hall, accompanied by the president. The Pope's older brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, was also there.

Milan's Giuseppe Verdi orchestra and symphonic choir, directed by Oleg Caetani and Erina Gambarini, respectively, interpreted musical compositions from Luciano Berio, Luigi Boccherini, Brahms and Beethoven.

In an address after the concert, the Pope referred to the "spiritual value of musical art, called in a particular way to instill hope in the human spirit wounded by the earthly experience."

According to the Pontiff, there is "a kinship between music and hope, between song and eternal life," and for this reason, "the Christian tradition represents the souls of the blessed in a choir."

Benedict XVI said he thinks that new generations can find new inspiration by approaching the "universal value of the artistic patrimony," thus making it easier to build a society "open to the values of the spirit."

Before the concert, the Pope and the president had a meeting in the study of Paul VI Hall.

I look forward to the English translation, or, even better, if someone can provide an elegant and accurate translation in the comment boxes, that would be great.

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