All-night vigil

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“All-night vigil”

The Moscow synodal choir 1915

Man as Angels, 

fallen from Heaven.


The world from darkness lifted,


A sacred space filled,

God projected.


A calm before uprising,

food for hungry souls.

While a nations children starve.


Such beauty

such enriching manna,

crushed by revolution,

wrenched from hope.


The Vigil,

now reborn as Requiem.

Everything between

now and then,


blessed by resurrected voices.




Inspired by Rachmaninov; All-night vigil. Opus 37, “Vespers” Blessed the Lord, Oh my soul.






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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 18th Dec 2016 00:00

Thanks Ray,

It seems the best we can do is live our lives as individuals in the hope that others will chose a similar path to peace as we do. Unlikely, but hope lives.


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Sat 17th Dec 2016 10:18

I've read this again David, as I think one's mood can be variable on a reading , and sometimes my comments can be slightly calculated. Can't be helped; but on this reading I realize you have become the subject and entered in to it and so have been able to express it in a pure and simple and dramatic way - this is the heart of poetry I believe, so though you may have limitations personally this has none and is finely sculpted to reach the soul if I may call it that.
Plus, the path you mention can only really be a personal one and not one offered as a takeaway formula, I believe.


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Wolfgar Miere

Fri 16th Dec 2016 16:14

Thanks so much for that LCPBT.

I am often unable to articulate my feelings of despair regarding the great evils of this world.

A few things give me comfort, my family, music and the voices of those who are able to express what I cannot.

Often I try to write, but the words are far too angry to subject others to, although occasionally I'll put it out there.

There is something in this music which makes me feel the commonality of human beings, and if there is any hope at all my friend that's where we might find a new path.


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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 15th Dec 2016 21:35

Thanks for reading and your comments elP,

I am so pleased I found this piece of music, it has opened up so much more to listen to, and provoked some thought regarding lost art and ideas due to historic events.


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Thu 15th Dec 2016 12:17

It truly is beautiful, David. I wanted to listen before commenting, and am glad for's very moving, even without an understanding of the language. The piece you wrote is so tenderly put together, and the music enhances splendidly the emotional atmosphere.


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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 13th Dec 2016 23:20

Hi, thanks Ray.

Before I heard this I really wasn't aware that Rachmaninov had written any sacred music.

What interests me about this piece of music is that it was first performed shortly before the revolution, times were grim in Russia in 1915 and music like this was meant to uplift and inspire, which it did I'm guessing. When the revolution came to save the people this music was banned and not heard publicly again for decades. It struck me that something which genuinely did feed peoples hope and bring them comfort was crushed by something else which was supposed to do the same, but in fact ultimately did the very opposite.

The reference to resurrected voices is evidence that it is again able to be performed and heard, whilst other freedoms are crushed. It seems there is little freedom in the former Soviet Union without the oppression of someone else's.

That said Russia is not the only country on the planet manifesting that dynamic.

As a side note, a man at the Church I spent much of my formative years attending (under duress) used to smuggle bibles into the Soviet Union, he was the only member of the congregation I found remotely interesting.

I was wondering today, what other contraband he may have been co-opted into smuggling, surely such an opportunity would not have been dismissed. Unfortunately he is dead now, so I'll never know.

Anyway, off to evensong. Much love X


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Tue 13th Dec 2016 17:21

A fitting counterpoint to your hunger poem David, bringing weight to tragedy and the spirits of nations, something that seems to resonate with the starkness of situations imposed, especially from within the host country. In some dire circumstances, there is indeed solace from the beauty of music . I recall the playing of Rachmaninov's symphony(not sure which one) by a starving orchestra during Leningrad's siege, relayed over massive speakers ; some say it took the stuffing out of the German attacks! Maybe check out the documentary.


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