After today’s jobs report, we need some seriously uplifting music. Lucky for all of us, I’ve got just the thing, a piece of such transcendent beauty that you will turn from the bad numbers, the fractious politics, the toils of your day, and float away to much better place.
I speak of the Domine Deus from Bach’s Mass in B Minor.
There are, of course, full choral pieces in the Mass that are more majestic than this duet with flute and orchestra, but this piece has always been my favorite.
Listen in particular to the beautiful arpeggios in the flute around seconds 42-54 while the horns and then the strings hold a single note that swells up underneath. If that doesn’t give you chills, keep listening to it until it does.
Enjoy this masterpiece and have a great weekend.