In Paradisum: Capturing the celestial aesthetic with style

By Bronislaw Sozanski
Updated May 17 2021 - 8:24pm, first published 9:27am

As part of Ballarat's Heritage celebrations, The Australian boys Choir presented a magnificent choral masterpiece, with style, in St. Patrick's Cathedral last Saturday afternoon. The Officium Defunctorum was written by the great Spanish Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria for the funeral service of Dowager Empress Maria of Austria. This work includes the Ordinary of the Mass, the parts that do not change from day to day, as it was probably performed in 1603.

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