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Peter Kwasniewski

Peter Kwasniewski
Dr. Peter Kwasniewski is a Professor of Theology, Philosophy, Music History and Theory at Wyoming Catholic College, where he is also the Founding Choirmaster. He is also a published and performed composer, especially of sacred music.
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Can an unbeliever, a denier of the faith, produce such music as Beethoven did in his Missa Solemnis?... It has long been fashionable in music history textbooks to speak of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis as a purely artistic statement that, to...
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This summer I taught a week-long music course for high school students. As the week progressed, I brought in samples of music to listen to, pieces by Bach or Beethoven, Mozart or Palestrina, that would illustrate this or...
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Under Archbishop Laud (1589–1645) there was a strong move towards greater ceremonial dignity in the church. As the house of God it was to be fitted out accordingly with the finest of human artistry, and its functions were to be conducted in a spirit of deepest reverence....
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In our year-long course on music at Wyoming Catholic College, students read and discuss a chapter from Joseph Ratzinger’s book A New Song for the Lord, “The Image of the World and of Human Beings...
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So important is it to have some sort of understanding of how the noble art of music works, and so important is it to become familiar with at least some of the great composers of the Western...