Music for Ascension

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.

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One Response to Music for Ascension

  1. steve martin says:


    Great stuff! I’m just starting to appreciate classical music and the great music of the Church.

    Not too much exposure to it growing up, bu there may just be hope for me yet. Thanks for doing your bit!

    Our little congregation in So. California has just put in a pipe organ (everybody else around here is ripping them out and putting rock bands up where the altar used to be.

    We will hold fast (for awhile).

    Thanks again!

    – Steve Martin San Clemente, CA

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