A moment of peace in times of strife and misery

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Past splendor. © Charles Thibo

I remember a sunny day more than twenty years ago in Scotland. It was warm, I felt the sunbeams on my skin and the sea breeze in my hair. I stood in awe in front of the east tower of the Cathedral of St Andrews. It was built in 1158 and became the centre of the Medieval Catholic Church in Scotland. After the Scottish Reformation in the 16th century, it was abandoned and fell into ruin. The wall facing east is splendid. The perimeter of what once was the nave is still visible just like the position of the strong pillars that supported the massive roof. What a grandiose building it must have been!

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About singing and faith in the 15th century

A place to retreat - the Protestant church in Luxembourg City. © Charles Thibo
A place to retreat – the Protestant church in Luxembourg City. © Charles Thibo

I like to sing. I have been singing since I was a child. Children songs at school, Christmas songs on Christmas Eve, Luxembourg’s national anthem on June 23. I sang “Eng lëschteg Band” when on the road with boy scouts and I sang the “Kyrie” at mass. Both with enthusiasm. I feel light when I sing, like if nothing could harm me. A special kind of euphoria.

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Searching for the salvation of the soul

Faith, hope and deliverance from all sins - a fresco in the Vatican. © Charles Thibo
Faith, hope and deliverance from all sins – a fresco in the Vatican. © Charles Thibo

Are you looking for answers on this first day of the year? Are you pondering the meaning of life? I would like to invite you to board my time-machine and return to the year 1600. The Renaissance is almost over, the Baroque era has not yet begun. Our destination is Italy, where we meet the composer, organist and choreograph Emilio di Cavalieri’s and enjoy his monumental work “Rappresentatione di anima, et di corpo”, that some consider as the first oratorio ever. You don’t speak Italian? Don’t worry, the music speaks for itself. Continue reading!