A Year’s Support for Renaissance Music at the Parish of Santissima Trinita Dei Pellegrini, Rome

Project location: ITALY, Rome
Project start date: June 2012 - Project end date: December 2012
Project number: 2012-036
Beneficiary: Parrocchia Personale della SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini

 

Over the period January to December 2012 the Nando Peretti Foundation has assisted the Roman Parish of Trinità dei Pellegrini to continue to provide a high level of sacred music to the community in Rome on a regular basis. The Foundation has sponsored the execution of Renaissance and Baroque liturgical music within the religious context and setting that originally inspired it. The Foundation's support is aiding the Parish to keep alive a genre of music that embraces some of the most important composers of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries.

All over Europe significant sponsorship is behind the conservation and restoration of church architecture and other religious art, paintings, sculpture, etc. Secular governments and large corporations finance the conservation of both church buildings and church art on a large scale even when these art forms are still functioning within their original religious context as places and objects connected with Catholic worship and liturgy. The situation with sacred music, however, is different. It often finds sponsorship for study and execution when it is abstracted from its original religious function and presented as a concert program. The Nando Peretti Foundation has taken a ground breaking step in sponsorship with this project. The Foundation is supporting sacred music as a functioning art form still connected with the force which inspired it-re-connected with its religious dimension. Thanks to the Nando Peretti Foundation, sacred music is being preserved together with architecture and other visual arts within a living religious context. Re-connecting this art form with the world which generated it is making a number of contributions to the cultural life of Rome and the world beyond; it is helping musicians and musicologists understand the liturgical origins and inspiration of sacred music; it is nurturing the spiritual and cultural life of a wide public both in Rome and elsewhere; it is demonstrating that sacred music together with the visual arts deserves patronage and sponsorship in a way that permits it to remain connected to, and vitalized by, its religious milieu.


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