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History of Basilica Music

Journey through a Century of Sacred Music

From the first Vox Organo pipe organ installed in the Crypt Church, to the world premiere of Olivier Messiaen’s monumental Meditations sur le Mystere de la Sainte Trinite, through the visits of three sitting pontiffs, sacred music has played an inimitable role in the life of the Basilica. Here are some of the milestones from the first century of its history.