A Thing of Beauty: An 18th Century Russian Version of “Hallelujah”

A Thing of Beauty: An 18th Century Russian Version of “Hallelujah”

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The poet John Keats wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.”

So it is with much of Orthodoxy’s liturgical music: delicate, serene, able to combine compunction with silence, and passion with apatheia.

The recording embedded above, featuring an 18th century Russian composer’s version of “Hallelujah,” is an excellent example of just how moving and spiritually significant beautiful liturgical music is.

Isn’t this how we should praise the Lord?

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Seraphim Danckaert

Seraphim Danckaert is Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. He holds an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.