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Michael Bugeja
Music Critic, Malta Independent - 2009

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SAINT JAMES CHURCH LONDON - 2009

INCARNATION – SAINT JAMES CHURCH PICCADILLY , LONDON

A PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH ST JOHN'S CO – CATHEDRAL VALLETTA MALTA

Date: 10th December, 2009 Location – Saint James Church – London

PROGRAMME

Simplicity – Origin

Wings – Drifted

Air from Orchestral Suite Number 3, BMV 1068 (Air on the G-String)

Complete – Origin

Ave Maria

Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana

Chiaro scuro

Chiaroscuro and Ave Maria are world premier compositions by Clifford Borg, inspired by Saint John's Co-Cathedral .

A Personal Journey through Saint John's Co-Cathedral

I approach St John's Co-Cathedral , its imposing uncluttered Façade inspired my first piece of music, Simplicity. If only I had Wings to fly, so that I may explore the detail of its interior unhindered, soaring upon the sublime phrases of Bach's Air on the G String !

Experiencing the interior of the Co-Cathedral, one breaths in the baroque era, so intricate and elaborate, like the finely chiseled Pachelbel's Canon in D. I, near the altar contemplating, the Knights' profound devotion to our Lady…. I hear Ave Maria and Mascagni's Intermezzo in the air!

I linger and wander, mesmerized by the Myriad of detail which collectively form a perfect whole. Speechless, I wonder at its harmony….fulfilled, unified, Complete.

Turning to the corner, I am dramatically awakened from my reverie by the impact of Caravaggio's unsettling Chiaroscuro theatrically his – “ Beheading of Saint John”.

 

 

 

 

 

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