Spotify Presents “Songs for the Conclave,” a playlist handpicked by experts in liturgy and theology from The University of Notre Dame that listeners can enjoy as part of the papal election process. The playlist was announced today, Thursday, Feb. 28.
Very shortly leaders of the Roman Catholic Church from around the world will gather in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican for the papal election to choose the next Pope who will serve as spiritual leader of more than billion Catholics.
Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives listeners on-demand access to over 20 million tracks. Before the papal election results are broadcast to the world via smoke signal, Spotify has compiled a special papal election conclave themed playlist to celebrate this rare, historic occasion. The tracks range from religious hymns & chants to more contemporary classical selections.
The company partnered with Tim O’Malley, Director, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy and Concurrent Professor, Department of Theology; and Carolyn Pirtle, Assistant Director, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy to create a playlist of hymns and choral music from the Spotify catalog.
In a statement, Dr. O’Malley gave us his interpretation of the music selections, “The playlist consists of motifs central to the Catholic imagination relative to the election of a Pope. It focuses upon certain themes of the papal election, including the Church’s asking for guidance from the Holy Spirit during this time of transition; the Church’s crying out to God for mercy that we might be found worthy to receive a successor of Peter, who unites the Church in love; and praise for the God, who guides the Church through the twists and turns of history. The playlist is intended to give the listener a disposition of wonder, of contemplation, of prayer to the God who first loved us.”
Click here to listen to the official “Songs for the Conclave” playlist:
Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina – “Tu es Petrus: Tu es Petrus”
Maurice Duruflé – “Tu es Petrus: Tu es Petrus”
Maurice Duruflé – “Ubi caritas”
Holst, Gustav – Holst: “Nunc Dimittis – Nunc Dimittis”
Charles Villiers Stanford – “Beati quorum via, from Three Motets, Op. 38”
William Byrd – Byrd: “Sing Joyfully”
Jörg Halubek – “Lux aeterna: O Nata Lux”
James MacMillan – “The Lamb has come for us from the House of David”
Thomas Tallis – “O Lord, give thy holy spirit”
Britten Singers – 2 Psalms: Psalm 148, “Lord, Who hast made us for thine own”
Francis Bardot – “Veni Sancte Spiritus, K. 47 – Allegro”
The Choir Of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge – “O Thou Sweetest Source”
The Sixteen and Harry Christophers – “Veni creator spiritus (à 4)”
The Collegeville Composers Group – “Pentecost Sequence: Holy Spirit, Lord of Light”
Antony Pitts – “The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (arr. A. Pitts): No. 44. Veni Creator: Come Holy Ghost”
The Choir Of Trinity College, Cambridge – “Come down, O love divine”
Tomás Luis de Victoria – “Salve Regina a 8”
Tenebrae – “Miserere”
Nashville Chamber Orchestra – “Appalachian Spring: Suite”
London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) – “The Lark Ascending”
London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) – “Variations on an Original Theme ‘Enigma’ Op. 36: IX.”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra – “Firebird Suite”
Chanticleer – Tallis: “If Ye Love Me”
John Rutter – “Love divine, all loves excelling”