Moonlight sonata and the Cross

Beethoven’s “Moonlight sonata,” of which the composer named it as Sonata quasi una fantasia, is a favorite piece for many for about 200 years now despite its melancholy and near absurd nature. Berlioz said of it that it “is one of those poems that human language does not know how to qualify.”

It is such an enriching worship experience during this Holy Week to glean from a choral piece — “The Cross.” Released by Alfred Sacred Music in 2001, this choral work tells of the cross of Jesus in a unique mood of unusual tonal progressions of Beethoven’s in its entirety. It is, indeed, a perfect marriage of musical elements and text regarding the divine purpose on the cross for mankind.

To hear this piece, click on the choral book icon on the following site:

Further reading: Luke 22-23; John 18-20.


About Florence Kuek

Was lecturer and researcher at a state university. Currently serving as Head of Student Services at a college. Has a pastoral heart for people. PhD candidate, Chinese Studies at University of Malaya.
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