A Song for Saturday: Adiemus

As we’ve just passed Lent’s half-way point on the way to Easter, Virginia’s post-a-day Lenten gig is losing a little steam. It’s getting late on this Saturday evening (& Virginia has been out all day) so here’s a YouTube video of a song to lift our spirits from one of my favorite composers, Sir Karl Jenkins.

I have been a huge groupie of Welsh composer Karl Jenkins since 1995 when I found his first Adiemus Songs of Sanctuary compilation in a CD shop whilst visiting Tel Aviv. CDs were very expensive there, but it was worth every shekel as I played it over & over again back in Bethlehem, my home at that time.

His subsequent Adiemus collections (Cantata Mundi II, Adiemus III, The Eternal Knot IV, & Vocalise V) accompanied me in myriad places complemented by his choral & orchestral compositions like The Armed Man, Requiem, Stabat Mater, This Land is Ours and his more recent Latin-themed Adiemus Colores.

In Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus compilations, he uses sounds instead of words to communicate the universality of music that links all of us together as human beings. There’s joy, sorrow, peace, exultation, reflection – all flowing from the deep well his music delves in our hearts that opens them wider to the wonder of the universe to be seen within each other. No divisive boundaries, just a global mesh of inspirational music that connects our hearts.

“Someone once said I write spiritual music for secular people, and it was meant to be an insult. But for me that’s a compliment.”  Composer Sir Karl Jenkins

grace, peace & inspirational international grooves

Virginia : )

p.s. 2 years ago my brother & I had the incredible opportunity to hear one of Karl Jenkins’ compositions performed by the Vancouver Symphony as part of their “Last Night of the Proms” concert. It’s a memory we’ll never forget!

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4 Responses to A Song for Saturday: Adiemus

  1. Carol-Jo says:

    Thank you Virginia, for the beautiful music I have never heard that before it was really wonderful I felt as if someone was riding on a horse ready to take me away to a Land Unknown

    • Virginia says:

      Elva – Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus complications (especially the 1st one) have decidedly African grooves (toe-tapping ones) mixed in with ethereal ones. Totally cool! 😎🌍😎

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