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Devotio: Seasonal Music of the Common Life

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St. James Cathedral 804 9th Avenue Seattle, WA 98104

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Sisters of the Common Life, Brothers of the Common Life: These were terms used in the Middle Ages to refer to religious communities who lived apart from the world. They followed a movement called the Devotio Moderna, a new style of devotion that emphasized individual experience and spiritual fulfillment, and in which music played a crucial role in generating and supporting the piety and emotion needed for adequate faith. But this was nothing new. The music may have been different, but the role of music in the devotional life, be it modern or traditional, was well established, and it led to some of the most inspiring musical creations of the time. Join us as we celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons by exploring the musical traditions of Devotio in all its aspects.

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