Friday, October 21, 2022

New Music by Peter Kwasniewski

Dr Kwasniewski has recently posted two new recordings to his YouTube channel. The first is a motet for the Easter season. In this recording, it is sung by the Ecclesia Choir, under the direction of Timothy Woods, at a live concert at St John Cantius, June 25, 2017.

“After eight days, Jesus came, the doors being closed. Alleluia. Again His disciples were within, and He stood in the midst, alleluia, alleluia. And He said, ‘Peace to you’, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia; alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. (John 20, 26 and 29).
The second was composed in March of 2013, shortly after Pope Benedict’s abdication; this setting of Psalm 116 (the shortest in the Psalter) is dedicated to him, specifically in thanksgiving for the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, which has borne and continues to bear such good fruits for the Catholic Church.
Composer Mark Nowakowski chose this piece to be performed with his “choir” Vos Omnes, which consists of volunteers who individually recorded their parts and submitted them to him for audio production. Kevin Ceigersmidt created the video, which is also on the YouTube channel of the Vos Omnes Virtual Choir. Visit there and have a listen to works by other contemporary Catholic composers.

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