Anyone looking for some music to listen to for the Feast of the Ascension tomorrow should wander over to eMusic and check out a couple of interesting Ascension-related musical offerings:
First, Oliver Messiaen’s L’Ascension. An extraordinary piece of music – one to listen to in a darkened room after the children have gone to sleep. Back in the day I learnt to play (after a fashion) the first and third movements, and once regaled the evening congregation at our previous church with the opening movement, “Majeste du Christ demandant sa gloire a son Pere” (“Phew! Great title!”). To their complete bewilderment, it has to be said. 🙂
Second, J.S. Bach’s Ascension Oratorio, conducted by Masaaki Suzuki. Haven’t listened to this one yet, either, but I enjoyed the Easter Oratorio from the same album.