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Oct. 21, 2018: The Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) setting by Franz Schubert

Today’s Music: The Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) setting we have been using is adapted from Franz Schubert (1797-1828), who is renowned as a composer of lieder, art songs that convey subtle and profound moods through merely a vocal line and piano accompaniment. In view of his particular gift, it has bothered me that the Sanctus setting, from his Deutsche Messe (German Mass), does not suit the text: it doesn’t match rhythmically (which could result from translation from German) but it also seems in the wrong mood for the forceful words, e.g. “Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of your glory.” Mystery solved: the Messe is not a setting of the usual Latin text but instead of German poems; the text for the music we’re using deals more with the eternal existence of God than his power. David Boelzner