One of the most ancient and best-known ones was the Via Francigenaa route which led from Canterbury This Blessed Plot - The Albion Band - Along The Pilgrims Way (CD France and Switzerland on to Italy.
Inthousands of believers converged on Rome at a time when Europe was being ravaged by famine and disease. Among those who are recorded as pilgrims of that first Jubilee are Dante, Cimabue and Giotto. In later centuries it became customary for Jubilees to be marked by, amongst other events, celebratory concerts featuring premieres of major musical works.
The Roman pilgrimage also inspired later composers. In the late Middle Ages, some writers started to be critical of the practice of place pilgrimage, questioning whether this was really conducive to moral and interior pilgrimage. The narrative poem Piers Plowman by William Langland c. The Reformation was in the air.
As a result, pilgrimage sites in England and the Northern countries were suppressed or at the very least discouraged. This meant that whereas pilgrimage Album) an important practice within the Catholic tradition, it more or less died out in Northern Europe. The final destination of the Tour was generally Northern and Central Italy, particularly the cities of Venice, Rome and Naples, although more intrepid travellers went on to Southern Italy, Malta and even Greece.
Significantly, the Roman leg of the tour, besides taking in the sites of Classical remains, generally included a visit to the Pilgrim Churches. This concept was particularly dear to Romantic authors. Quite appropriately, in the second movement, Berlioz has his protagonist join a band of pilgrims on their march:.
It is the tale of a traveller called Christian, who sets off on an incident-laden journey from the City of Destuction to the Celestial City atop Mount Zion. At the end curtain […] the audience hardly dared to applaud — a bewildered but deeply moved audience. Vaughan Williams had it was palpable over three hours of presence transformed the Covent Garden theatre into a place of worship; the audience knew it, and was blushfully ashamed about what should be their new behaviour.
A lady told me, after a later performance, that she thought at the closing curtain that she had been at a Church service. This is a pity, as it is a work which meant much to the composer and contained some of the his best music. The journey which led to the premiere had a number of stations along the way. He would turn to Bunyan again for the motet Valiant for Truth. Written between andit draws heavily on music which the composer had already written for his operatic project.
The third-movement Romanzawhich strikes me as the emotional core of the work, uses themes which eventually resurface in Act 1, Scene 2. Within the Catholic tradition, pilgrimage has never died out, with Marian destinations such as Lourdes and Fatima remaining particularly popular. In an unexpected cultural shift, many young people — and not-so-young travellers as well — are rediscovering the Medieval routes and retracing them, in a bid to experience the spiritual fulfilment sought This Blessed Plot - The Albion Band - Along The Pilgrims Way (CD early pilgrims.
From around a few thousand yearly visitors in the s, the Camino now attracts a staggering quarter of a million pilgrims annually. Magnus known to many music-lovers through the works of Peter Maxwell Daviesa new pilgrimage route in his honour was launched in Orkney amid calls to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to recognise the role of pilgrimage in spiritual life, thus reversing centuries of hostility towards the practice.
A setting of Psalmit suggests the world-weary tread of the People of the Way, Album), as much as the solace they seek. Admittedly, the work is closer in spirit to the secular Grand Tour than to a spiritual journey in the conventional sense.
However, its arresting gestures and use of unconventional techniques effectively convey the sense of wide-eyed wonder evoked by the sacred spaces portrayed.
Talbot composed this choral a cappella work in for the vocal ensemble Tenebrae Choir. Talbot resorts to a panoply of influences and vocal effects, from techniques borrowed from the Taiwanese Bunun people to Medieval chant, from dense clusters to haunting ostinatos mirroring the onward trudge of the pilgrims. Its intriguing combination of the familiar and the innovative, and the way it expresses the rich vein of Medieval tradition through a 21 st century language, will certainly strike a chord with contemporary pilgrims who set off on ancient paths, seeking answers handed down from a common, half-remembered past.
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