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The Chesterbelloc and G. B. Shaw

Georges Rouault, Portrait of Christ 

Georges Rouault, Christ in the Suburbs 

Georges Rouault, from Miserere

Jacob Epstein, St Michael’s Victory over the Devil (1958), Coventry Cathedral 

West Windows, Coventry Cathedral 

The full text of Britten’s War Requiem may be found here

Arthur Lubow, writing for the New York Times Magazine (2010): 

Emigrating from the Soviet Union to the West in January 1980 with his wife, Nora, and their two small sons, the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt was stopped by border police at the Brest railroad station for a luggage search. “We had only seven suitcases, full of my scores, records and tapes,” he recalled recently. “They said, ‘Let’s listen.’ It was a big station. No one else was there. We took my record player and played ‘Cantus.’ It was like liturgy. Then they played another record, ‘Missa Syllabica.’ They were so friendly to us. I think it is the first time in the history of the Soviet Union that the police are friendly.” He was joking, but not entirely. Later, when I asked Nora about that strange scene at the border, she said, “I saw the power of music to transform people.”

Arcabas_Jesus in the Tomb (detail)