Advent Calendar Day 22: Rorate Coeli (Schütz)

The text for the fourth Sunday in Advent is ‘Rorate coeli de super, et nubes pluvant justum’, which roughly translated means ‘Let the heavens open, and the clouds rain down justice’.

OK, Melbournites, look at the weather forecast, now look at this text, now back at the weather forecasts, now back at this text…

Sadly, Melbourne seems to think that ‘justum’ translates as ‘cats and dogs’, but on the whole, I feel it’s safe to say that this is the text your city could precipitate like.

(And people say that Melbourne’s weather is unseasonable…)

Yeah, OK, that got a little weird.

Anyway.  I’m not sure there’s much I can say about this particularly gorgeous setting of the Rorate Coeli that I haven’t said before.  It fills me with absolute delight – I’ve just sat here and listened to it from start to finish twice in a row, without being able to think about or write anything else.  It is, when it comes down to it, quite simply a beautiful piece of music.  Does anything else need to be said?

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