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Ave Verum Corpus

Each day during Holy Week we at Refinersfire will be posting a links to things we’d very much like you to see and hear.  And we’re beginning with Mozart:  his 1791 motet “Ave verum corpus.”  One of the last things Mozart wrote, it is a masterpiece of elegance and profundity (it looks so simple, and it is, yet we spend a full week studying it in my second semester theory class and even that isn’t enough time).   The translation is “Hail, true body born of the Virgin Mary,
who truly suffered, sacrificed on the Cross for man, whose pierced side overflowed with water and blood, be for us a foretaste In the test of death..”  The performance is by the famous Vienna Boy’s Choir, recorded in Vienna’s St Stephen’s Cathedral. 

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