Today, All Saints Day, is the solemn occasion when Catholics celebrate and honor the lives of the saints, whether they are known or unknown. The faithful around the world will pray for the Communion of Saints in a tradition that reaches back to the 4th century.
We thought we’d take a look back at some of the most moving and beautiful hymns that have been written for the saints. In order to match the ancient feast day to just the right vintage of music, we’ve focused on motets.
Composers of the medieval era understood that a hymn is just a musical form of prayer. As such, motets were generally written for a cappella voices, as the voice is the instrument of prayer. Although they were most popularly composed in the medieval era, composers continued to use it as a prime style of sacred music, even through the 20th century.
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