Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.
Today is the Feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music.
Here is the second movement (Allegretto) from Beethoven’s 7th in A Minor, which is at once liquid sadness, but because it oscillates into A Major, also cautiously optimistic. Every key in music carries its own specific emotional correlation – which I find miraculous in and of itself. Why do certain keys and chords in music elicit specific, consistent emotional responses across humanity? It’s just miraculous.
The key of A Minor is sadness, straight-up. The key of A Major is described by Schubart as, “suitable for declarations of innocent love, hope of seeing one’s beloved again when parting; youthful cheerfulness and trust in God.”
Yeah. That’s exactly right. Exactly. Hurts so good.
Here is the full list of Schubart’s Affective Key Characteristics, if you’re interested.
Saint Cecilia, pray for us.