Today, Good Friday, the organ does not sound. No bells are permitted to peal. Only the human voice can express the lamentations our liturgy demands. Here are some musical traditions to accompany us amid the dread.
From King's College, Palestrina's "Stabat Mater":
Jessye Norman sings "Were You There?"
Also, from King's College, "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" by J.S. Bach:
A blessed triduum to one and all.
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