Have I mentioned how gorgeous the churches are in Europe? Really? Like… a lot? 🙂
I know I say it all the time…but they really are. And it doesn’t seem to matter really where you go, or what style it was built in. They are all beautiful for different reasons. I remember thinking before I got married what it must be like to grow up in a church like this, and know that THAT was the aisle you would walk down. It is so different from what is available to us in the states.
And can we say something about the organs that are in most of this churches? I had first hand experience singing with one towards the end of our tour in Europe, long after this image was taken. It gives me a whole new appreciate for this picture. Because the music that comes out… its just perfect.
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens: 15-55 mm IS
Date: July 2011
Location: Regensburg, Germany
“The triumph of plainsong, of polyphony, and of truly liturgical organ playing, in the first half century of his life, represented for Duruflé the victory of a transcendent, hieratic worldview over the secular and popular aberrations ushered in by the nineteenth century. Their demise in the 1960s meant more than the loss of a well-regarded musical tradition; it was also an assault on the worldview that gave his life meaning.” ― James E. Frazier