Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) became famous as a child prodigy and a performer all over the courts of Europe in the mid to late eighteenth century. He is still today considered one of Western music’s most important and iconic composers, writing over one hundred-fifty symphonies, quartets, operas, piano works, solo vocal works and sacred pieces. Our communion meditation and piece of focus this week is the stand alone solo “Laudate Dominum” from his Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K339, completed in 1780 when Mozart was 24. Solemn vespers during Mozart’s time would have included settings of psalms, a Magnificat and often a Gloria Patri. “Laudate Dominum is set to the text of psalm 117, is scored for soloist, orchestra and choir and its text glorifies and praises God in the highest. This weekend I will sing it as a solo with organ accompaniment.
In a new summer series, OLMC music director and music professor, Ms. Andrea Covais explores the rich tradition of sacred music. Each week we will feature a new song that will be sung during that weekend’s Masses at communion. We hope these short pieces enrich and deepen your spiritual journey during these times.
Translation: Praise the Lord, all nations; praise Him, all people. For He has bestowed His mercy upon us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever. Amen.