Monday, August 31, 2009

Quote of the Month

Writes Dr. William L. Anderson to Mr. Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.:

I was listening to the music of Dan Forrest, who is an excellent choral composer, perhaps the best contemporary American church music writer out there today. (He is only 31 and is on the music faculty at Bob Jones University.) One piece, “Look, Ye Saints,” in which Jesus finally is crowned reminds me of the ceremonies of coronation that people deep down really cherish.

I know you have taken heat for your comments regarding royalty and kings, but I believe that the desire for a king really is much deeper in people than they realize. Logan Robinson, when he was in Leningrad, sometimes would bring hard-to-find mustard as a “gift” when he went to a party there. One woman told him that one taste, and she would close her eyes “and imagine that the Czar was in the Winter Palace.”

As you know, music at a presidential inauguration hardly compares to what is performed at a coronation. Ralph Vaughn Williams wrote “O, Taste and See” for the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, and it still is sung as a beautiful classic, a very brief but moving work. I think of Henry Purcell writing something that still is sung more than three centuries later upon the death of the queen. No one writes lasting works on the death of a president, and especially an ex-president.

1 comment:

Matthew Palardy said...

How true this is, particularly with the ill taste of the premature canonization of Ted Kennedy the other day still very much in my mouth. That was everything that was wrong with American Catholicism--and indeed a demonstration of how different even our "republican dynasties" are from the awe-inspiring lords of yore.