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(Original posting 10/20/20147) One wouldn’t normally think of the genealogy of Jesus in Luke chapter 3 as an inspirational text for choral music. Turning all the “begats” into compelling music is not a challenge most composers would undertake. However, it was not too much for the singular genius of Latvian composer Arvo Part. Although written nearly 20 years ago, I had not heard “Which was the son of . . . ” before today, which shames me, as Part is one of my favorite composers. Take a listen, you’ll never think of the biblical genealogies the same way. (warning: you may encounter one of those annoying YouTube commercials. Just skip over it at the first chance.)

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