It’s the song “Ave verum corpus”. The composition was to be performed at a concert by students at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Lourdes, and the performance was moderated by the famous Italian conductor Riccardo Moti.

However, the teachers sent a letter to the Ministry of Culture, arguing that the whole event reconciled religious neutrality under the 1905 law. The letter stated that the cave at Lourdes was considered an “important place for Catholicism”.

“We have nothing against the Catholic Church. We are not against studying and learning about works that are part of our cultural heritage. But the text of this work is very religious. And the place is very problematic. Imagine what would happen if it was about another religion “- we read.

Pianist David Fry, who is the festival director, pointed to the issue. He said, “My hand is falling.” – It was the idea of ​​Riccardo Muti, one of the greatest conductors of live orchestras, to give the students the opportunity to sing this masterpiece of Mozart as a gift; We are cooperating with the municipal council of Lourdes – he said.

Fry added that musical works have a religious dimension on the one hand, and on the other hand – as he mentioned – global.


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