Hauser: Benedictus

Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral, the Façade in Sunlight, c. 1892–94, Oil on canvas. Acquired by the Clark in memory of Anne Strang Baxter, 1967. The Clark Art Institute, 1967.1, Image Source: The Clark Museum

“What a task this cathedral is!” wrote Monet from Rouen, in a letter to his wife in Giverny. He painted nearly thirty views of the cathedral’s façade, moving from one canvas to the next to capture different moments throughout the day. After returning home, he continued to work on this series for two more years. The encrusted brushstrokes on this canvas evoke the blinding radiance of sunlight glinting off pale stone. When the painting is viewed from a distance, the cathedral’s arched doorways, rose window, and towers become clearly visible.

The Clark Museum
Hauser performing Benedictus by Karl Jenkins from The Armed Man with Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir Zvjezdice at his classical solo concert at the Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, October 2017. Elisabeth Fuchs, conductor

Thanks for Visiting 🙂

~Sunnyside

19 Comments Add yours

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’ve seen some of Monet’s work in person, but I’ve always wished to see one of his cathedral paintings. It’s interesting that his technique (multiple canvases, constant movement) was the same for the cathedral as for his nature paintings — but understandable, given what he was trying to capture.

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    1. How fortunate you are! Seeing some of his works in person is high on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, shoreacres. 🙂

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  2. Lovely pairing of music and art. I love these cathedral paintings by Monet and the Benedictus was a beautiful surprise. God bless you!

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    1. So nice to see you, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  3. Thank you for introducing me to Hauser; absolutely enthralling. What a wonderful composition by Karel Jenkins. The sphere, so impressionistic, ( except of course the dynamic section), fits in perfectly with Monet’s enigmatic cathedrals.

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    1. I am so pleased you enjoyed this, Yvonne. I confess I do turn the volume down a bit on that dynamic section. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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  4. I just know Monet for his flowers and wife and son paintings. This cathedral work is all new to me and glorious at that! The orchestra and choir piece was simply beautiful and rousing. Thank you, Sunnyside, for adding daylight to a dreary, grey day!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Susan. Have a lovely Sunday! 🙂

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  5. cindy knoke says:

    Absolutely lovely. Beautifully melancholic.

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    1. My sentiments exactly, Cindy. 🙂

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  6. It’s beautiful post…..love it!!

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    1. I am so pleased you enjoyed it, Sharmla! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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  7. A beautiful piece of music—new to me, as are Karl Jenkins and Hauser. The sudden change in dynamics just before six minutes into the piece came as a surprise.

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    1. Agree! I have trouble listening to that part, but I do love the rest of it.

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      1. Lots of information there – thanks, Steve. I am listening to The Healer – Cantata for St. Luke.

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  8. Sublime music, thank you. It’s very welcome and healing for me at the moment.

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    1. That makes me very happy, Liz. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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