Date: April 24, 2013
This came to me from one of my singers. Too good not to share with all my choral colleagues.
Below is the meditation I happened to listen to on Saturday morning. I was completely enthralled with the depiction of what singing is (in particular the Alleluia). I loved it so much i told myself I just had to transcribe it so I could study it further (took several listens to get it all down!) I thought of it again last night while we were singing the Russian pieces. What a wonderful concert this is all together!
The first line says it all -- I sing because the fully composed music can begin to touch what words themselves, or even a single voice simply cannot express on their own. Looking forward to Sunday!
THE EASTER ALLELUIA ----- Daily Meditations of Pope Benedict the XVI presented by Leonardo Defilippis of St. Luke Productions
Singing indicates that the person is passing beyond the boundaries of the merely rational and falling into a kind of ecstasy. Now singing finds its climactic form in the "Alleluia"--The song in which the very essence of all song achieves its purest embodiment. The Alleluia is simply the nonverbal expression in song of a joy that requires no words because it transcends all words. What does it mean to sing with jubilation? It means to be unable to express in words or to verbalize the song that sings to you in your heart. As the harvesters in field or vineyard experience an increasingly jubilant sense of joy, they become incapable it seems of finding words to express this overflowing joy. They abandon syllables and words, and their singing becomes a jubilous, or cry of exaltation. A jubilous is a shout that shows the heart is trying to express what it cannot possibly say. And to whom is a jubilous more fittingly directed, then him who is ineffable? He is ineffable because your words cannot lay hold of him. The Alleluia is like a first revelation of what can and shall someday take place in us. Our entire being shall turn into a single, immense joy!
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