Devout Catholics await the election of a new Pope as most of the Cardinals have arrived in Rome preparing for the Conclave with the General Congregations. Mark this momentous occasion with music, thanks to Spotify and the “Songs for the Conclave”.
Since the resignation of Benedict XVI last week, waiting for the 265th Successor of Saint Peter appears endless, as the Vatican will be standing on ceremony, not rushing the tradition. Spotify has put together an inspirational playlist, “Songs for the Conclave”, to celebrate this rare and historic occasion.
Working with Timothy O’Malley, Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy and Concurrent Professor, Department of Theology and Carolyn Pirtle, Assistant Director, Spotify, an award-winning, digital music service providing on-demand access to over 20 million tracks, organized a playlist of religious hymns and chants to more contemporary, classic selections to inspire love, prayer and unity for Catholics.
According to Dr. O’Malley, the “Songs for the Conclave” focus on relevant themes in the election of a new Pope, such as guidance from above.
The playlist consists of motifs central to the Catholic imagination relative to the election of a Pope. It focuses upon certain themes, including the Church’s asking for guidance from the Holy Spirit during this time of transition; the Church’s crying out to God for mercy that we might be found worthy to receive a successor of Peter, who unites the Catholic Church in love; and praise for the God, who guides the Church through the twists and turns of history. The playlist is intended to give the listener a disposition of wonder, of contemplation, of prayer to the God who first loved us.
“Songs for the Conclave”
- Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina – “Tu es Petrus: Tu es Petrus”
- Maurice Duruflé – “Tu es Petrus: Tu es Petrus “
- Maurice Duruflé – “Ubi Caritas”
- Holst, Gustav – Holst: “Nunc Dimittis - Nunc Dimittis”
- Charles Villiers Stanford – “Beati Quorum via, from Three Motets, Op. 38”
- William Byrd – “Byrd: Sing Joyfully”
- Jörg Halubek – “Lux Aeterna: O Nata Lux “
- James MacMillan – “The Lamb has Come for us from the House of David”
- Thomas Tallis – “O Lord, Give Thy Holy Spirit”
- Britten Singers – 2 Psalms: Psalm 148, "Lord, Who Hast Made us for Thine” own"
- Francis Bardot – “Veni Sancte Spiritus, K. 47 – Allegro”
- The Choir Of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge – “O Thou Sweetest Source”
- The Sixteen and Harry Christophers – Veni creator spiritus (à 4)
- The Collegeville Composers Group – “Pentecost Sequence: Holy Spirit, Lord of Light”
- Antony Pitts – “The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (arr. A. Pitts): No. 44. Veni Creator: Come Holy Ghost”
- The Choir Of Trinity College, Cambridge – “Come down, O Love Divine”
- Tomás Luis de Victoria – “Salve Regina a 8”
- Tenebrae – “Miserere”
- Nashville Chamber Orchestra – “Appalachian Spring: Suite”
- London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) – “The Lark Ascending”
- London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) – “Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36: IX.”
- Chicago Symphony Orchestra – “Firebird Suite”
- Chanticleer – “Tallis: If Ye Love Me”
- John Rutter – “Love divine, all Loves Excelling”
Click the following link to hear the inspirational playlist for Catholics, “Songs for the Conclave”. Many of the music listed above may also be purchased at Barnes and Noble in the Country Glen Center in Carle Place, Long Island.
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