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Catholic Culture Liturgical Living

Episode 0—The Nightingale—Mark Christopher Brandt

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Mar 08, 2021 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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To celebrate the approach of Episode 100 of the Catholic Culture Podcast, here is the interview that started it all. Originally published on August 4, 2017, this interview turned out so well that we decided to launch a whole series of interviews on Catholic arts and culture. The podcast launched several months later, on May 1, 2018.

Catholic composer and pianist Mark Christopher Brandt joined Thomas Mirus to discuss his classical album and suite The Nightingale, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Emperor and the Nightingale”. The discussion was a double delight as it covered not only the album itself, but also an extended exploration of the spiritual themes of Andersen’s classic fairy tale, especially what it conveys about the true meaning of freedom.

Mark has been a guest on the Catholic Culture Podcast twice since this first interview. (Since then, too, Thomas has played on Mark’s classical album The Butterfly, along with Katherine Colburn, the cellist whose skills are so highly praised in the Nightingale interview.)

All music used with permission from Mark Christopher Brandt and Lionheart Music East.

Watch interview with slideshow on YouTube:


Read: Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Nightingale”

Mark Christopher Brandt’s The Nightingale:

Score: The Nightingale sheet music

The artists:

More: Round Trip: The Making of an Artist documentary

Mark’s appearances on the Catholic Culture Podcast:

33—Structure and Freedom in Music and in Christ

68—What I Learned From Making Music with Mark Christopher Brandt

Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus. Download the Catholic Culture Podcast soundtrack.

Thomas V. Mirus is Director of Podcasts for, hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast, and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. See full bio.

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