Sunday, September 06, 2009

BBC Programme: The Power of Allegri's Miserere

Some of our readers may be interested in this BBC series, Soul Music, which is a series "exploring famous pieces of music and their emotional appeal."

The first programme of "Series 8" is on Allegri's famed Miserere. Here is how the BBC detail the programme:

Allegri wrote the chord sequence for his Miserere in the 1630s for use in the Sistine Chapel during Holy Week. It then went through the hands of a 12-year-old Mozart, Mendelssohn and Liszt until it finally reached England in the early 20th century and got fixed into the version we know today.

The soaring soprano line that hits the famous top C and never fails to thrill has become a firm favourite for concert audiences around the world. Textile designer Kaffe Fassett, writer Sarah Manguso and conductor Roy Goodman explain how they have all been deeply affected by this beautiful piece of music.

To listen to the program: BBC Radio 4, Soul Music, Series 8, Allegri's Miserere

You will only be able to listen to this program for one week.

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