Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Page 79 (5.394-430) "Mr Bloom looked... at an altar."

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Delaney: [223]
Mr Bloom looked back towards the choir. Not going to be any music. Pity. Who has the organ here I wonder? Old Glynn he knew how to make that instrument talk, the vibrato: fifty pounds a year they say he had in Gardiner street. Molly was in fine voice that day, the Stabat Mater of Rossini.

£50 in 1904 = $6500 today
an elaborate hour-long composition with ten movements, the 3rd of which "Quis est homo?" features two sopranos [lyrics]
(Cecilia Bartoli)

Father Bernard Vaughan's sermon first. Christ or Pilate? Christ, but don't keep us all night over it.

Music they wanted. Footdrill stopped. Could hear a pin drop. I told her to pitch her voice against that corner. I could feel the thrill in the air, the full, the people looking up:

footdrill = restless rustling?
Bloom seems to offer Molly good advice
Quis est homo?
"Who is the man who would not weep If he saw the Mother of Christ In such torment?" (cf Ecce Homo)

(jump to 0:52)

Some of that old sacred music is splendid. Mercadante: seven last words.

7 last words

Mozart's twelfth mass: the Gloria in that.


Delaney: [224]
Those old popes were keen on music, on art and statues and pictures of all kinds. Palestrina for example too. They had a gay old time while it lasted. Healthy too chanting, regular hours, then brew liqueurs. Benedictine. Green Chartreuse. Still, having eunuchs in their choir that was coming it a bit thick. What kind of voice is it? Must be curious to hear after their own strong basses. Connoisseurs. Suppose they wouldn't feel anything after. Kind of a placid. No worry. Fall into flesh, don't they? Gluttons, tall, long legs. Who knows? Eunuch. One way out of it.

last castrato: Alessandro Moreschi [youtubes]

He saw the priest bend down and kiss the altar and then face about and bless all the people. All crossed themselves and stood up. Mr Bloom glanced about him and then stood up, looking over the risen hats. Stand up at the gospel of course. Then all settled down on their knees again and he sat back quietly in his bench. The priest came down from the altar, holding the thing out from him, and he and the massboy answered each other in Latin. Then the priest knelt down and began to read off a card:
— O God, our refuge and our strength...

Delaney: [225]
Mr Bloom put his face forward to catch the words. English. Throw them the bone. I remember slightly. How long since your last mass? Gloria and immaculate virgin. Joseph her spouse. Peter and Paul. More interesting if you understood what it was all about. Wonderful organisation certainly, goes like clockwork. Confession. Everyone wants to. Then I will tell you all. Penance. Punish me, please. Great weapon in their hands. More than doctor or solicitor. Woman dying to. And I schschschschschsch. And did you chachachachacha? And why did you? Look down at her ring to find an excuse. Whispering gallery walls have ears. Husband learn to his surprise. God's little joke. Then out she comes. Repentance skindeep. Lovely shame. Pray at an altar.

cf "pitch her voice against that corner" above



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