My favorite gospel singers
George Rutler is an outspoken pastor known across the country. The Manhattan-based priest appears on many television programs and is the author of over nineteen books published. He also holds degrees from various universities across America and Europe, including John Hopkins, Dartmouth, Oxford and the Angelicum in Rome.
But what if he wants to be away from the public and the press? Unsurprisingly, he enjoys listening to gospel music, with a strong propensity for hymns. In fact, his love for this genre of music is so great that he wrote an entire book about it: “The Stories of Hymns”. In this book he highlights and explains some of the greatest hymns written in the Christian timeline up to the 20th century. So who are some of his favorite composers and artists?
- Carlo Gesualdo
Carlo was the Prince of Venosa, and his legacy was expressive madrigals and sacred music that use chromatic language. In addition to his extraordinary music, Carlo Gesualdo is known for the gruesome murder of his wife and her lover.
After his father’s death, he turned his property into a center for music, even though it was only for him. His vast fortune enabled him to hire instrumentalists and singers for personal entertainment.
Carlos’s music is still one of the most expressive and experimental of the Renaissance. However, there is no doubt that he is the fiercest colored one.
2. georg Friedrich Handel
The German-born composer is famous for his oratorios, operas, concerts, grossi, hymns and concerts. Handel was trained in Halle and practiced as a composer in Italy and Hamburg before finally moving to London.
The Messiah was a great success, even though it was the last Italian opera he composed. His most popular works include music for the royal fireworks and water music. In three decades Handel composed well over forty opera series. Interest in his work has increased since the 1960s, and his influence on composers of the Classical era cannot be ignored.
3. Gustav Mahler
This Austrian-Bohemian composer is considered one of the best of his generation. As a composer, his work was the bridge between the Austro-German of the 19th century and the modern of the 20th century. His status as a conductor remained impeccable throughout his career, but it was only after a considerable period of neglect that his music became generally recognized.
- Edward Elgar
Edward’s father was a piano tuner who was also a decent violinist, and his son followed in his footsteps. Edward’s reputation as a composer grew rapidly in the 1890s, with successful works such as the English Midlands, King Olaf and the Black Knight.
His major breakthrough came with the production of the Enigma variations. This is a musical sketch by his friend August Jaeger. The solemnity of this variation has made it a set piece for thousands of commemorations and commemorations. There is also a choir setting that uses text from the Requiem Mass. So it’s not difficult to see why Edward is Father Rutler’s favorite artist.