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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Honegger's "Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher"

Marion Cotillard is a wonder as St. Joan of Arc, La Pucelle, the young virgin saint who fought for France and her dauphin king in the name and glory of God. The actors, the opera singers, and the choirs (adult and youth alike) perform the drama, tragedy, and mystery surrounding Joan of Arc's purposeful Christian life and eventual execution by fire for heresy. It wasn't until the early twentieth century that the Church finally canonized her as a bona fide saint.... Honegger's music and script (directly from the written records of Joan's trial and execution) is a dramatic, heart-wrenching, and beautiful tribute to "Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher" or "Joan of Arc at the stake". Joan of Arc is a militantly fervent example of a truly Christian life.

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