A Mother’s Grief or Joy at the Ascension?

2 June, 2011 at 07:11 | Posted in classical, Culture, Music, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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Was it with sadness or joy Mother Mary saw her son Jesus do the ascension? Sadness at having to part from her beloved son or joy that he ascended into the Light? Or both?

Anyhow, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is so beautiful…

Have you seen The Philosophy of Beauty? Very watchable film in six parts on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjhVaLbBglQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAZDiKJIroU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfEOtcH3Lk8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRfuyOM_jYg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsLk6DrHktc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqiHEmejxNA

Here in the sixth section, you can see the philosopher Roger Scruton speak about Stabat Mater and Pergolesi. Starts at 03:51.

Philosopher Roger Scruton presents a provocative essay on the importance of beauty in the arts and in our lives. In the 20th century, Scruton argues, art, architecture and music turned their backs on beauty, making a cult of ugliness and leading us into a spiritual desert. Using the thoughts of philosophers from Plato to Kant, and by talking to artists Michael Craig-Martin and Alexander Stoddart, Scruton analyses where art went wrong and presents his own impassioned case for restoring beauty to its traditional position at the centre of our civilisation.

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