The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Today is both Good Friday and Passover. Here is music to mark both religious holidays | March 30, 2018

By Jacob Stockinger

Today is Good Friday, 2018.

Today is Passover, 2018.

Today is both religious holidays.

So it is a good time to recall that the original Last Supper that led to Easter WAS a Seder where Jesus Christ and his Disciples celebrated Passover, as depicted in the famous Renaissance painting “The Last Supper” (below) by Leonard da Vinci.

So today The Ear offers Jewish music that is an homage to both Christianity and Judaism.

If you go to YouTube, you can find a lot of music celebrating each event from Johann Sebastian Bach, and before, to the notorious anti-Semite Richard Wagner.

But in the YouTube video at the bottom, The Ear is offering a moving performance of Ernest Bloch’s “Schelomo: A Hebrew Rhapsody” as played by cellist Leonard Rose with the Cleveland Orchestra under conductor Lorin Maazel.

The mood of the music feels right for both Passover and Good Friday.

The Ear hopes you agree.


2 Comments »

  1. HOW “NICE” OF THEM LOCAL FOLKS TO CUT A DOORWAY RIGHT THROUGH THE BOTTOM OF THE PAINTING, UNBELIEVABLE BUT TRUE !!!!!

    Comment by Terry Baer — March 31, 2018 @ 3:10 am

  2. “So it is a good time to recall that the original Last Supper that led to Easter WAS a Seder….”

    Actually, this is a subject of historical and liturgical dispute. Since no Jewish Seder texts exist before the 9th century, I think there is substantial reason to doubt this.

    Why not just leave it without this twist and say that today is a religious holiday to various groups.

    Religion, after all, is often more divisive than bringing people together.

    Let’s just celebrate with some good music from whatever.

    Comment by fflambeau — March 30, 2018 @ 6:12 am


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