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Friday, September 12, 2003

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

I just had the immense joy of listening to Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli. If we imagine that the least in Heaven is far greater than the best on Earth, to get an idea of how beautiful Heaven must be (or at least sound) listen to this.

I found Palestrina, described as the "the greatest composer of liturgical music of all time", for the first time in a very unlikely place, John Steinbeck's novel Cannery Row. The composers Bach, Palestrina, and Buxtehude (of whom I've been able to find very little) were favorites of Doc, that most pagan and animalistic, but thoroughly likeable, of characters.