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At Liszt concert, Pope remarks on composer's faith

May 30, 2011

On May 28, Pope Benedict XVI attended a concert organized in his honor by President Pal Schmitt of Hungary. The concert celebrated two occasions: Hungary’s assumption of the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union; and the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Franz Liszt.

After the concert—which consisted of three pieces by Liszt—the Holy Father thanked the performers and commented in particular on a work based on the 13th Psalm (“How long, O Lord…”). That piece, the Pope said, showed “the quality and profundity of Liszt’s faith.” That Psalm, he added, is “the cry of a man and of humanity, felling the weight of evil in the world.” Liszt’s musical meditation, the Pontiff said, properly conveys the sense of “total entrustment to God who never betrays.”


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