I originally posted this video I created on Good Friday in 2015. I believe the combination of Palestrina’s Reproaches and Josep Maria Subirachs’ design fit the mood and drama of the Good Friday.
Frequently on past posts I have spoken of the strong role that music played in Holy Week observances in my old parish of St Thomas. From the Hosannas of Palm Sunday to the Hallelujahs of Easter Sunday it was music rich in both the traditional and the modern. On Good Friday when the sanctuary was stripped of all ornaments, the redos hidden by a black drape, the clergy, acolytes and choir robed in black cassocks and the organ silent the words and music of the liturgy of the day took on a more important role.
Though much of the sung liturgy was restricted to plainsong the setting of the Improperia, central to the liturgy of Veneration, was varied and ranged from Stanford to Sanders to Vittoria. However I don’t recall the Palestrina ever being sung. Though Palestrina had been released from his job as cantor at the Sistine Chapel…
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