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Mozart's music testifies to his faith, Pope says

September 08, 2010

After a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at the papal summer residence on September 7, Pope Benedict XVI said that the work is “an exalted expression of faith.”

Speaking at the conclusion of the concert, the Pope—whose love for Mozart is well known—said that in the composer’s work “everything is in perfect harmony: each note, each musical phrase.” He recalled how as a child he was struck by the beauty of Mozart’s music: “I felt that a ray of the beauty of heaven had touched my heart.”

Mozart’s unique ability, the Pontiff said, “is a gift of the grace of God, but also the fruit of Mozart’s own living faith.”


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