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The “Mozart of Theology”

The “Mozart of Theology” is a great lover of classical music. This was evidenced by the first-rate concerts held during his pontificate, and much more besides.

Applause for the artists who performed a concert for Benedict’s 80th birthday at the Vatican Audience Hall. The Pope was evidently very pleased with their performance.

Summer concert in honor of the Pope on July 11, 2012 in Castel Gandolfo.

Pope Benedict XVI speaks before a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at La Scala in Milan.

The parade of great musicians who appeared before Benedict XVI included Kent Nagano, who performed with the Bavarian State Orchestra. This photo was taken at a concert at the Vatican on October 22, 2011.

Dress rehearsal at the Vatican. The Paul VI Audience Hall was frequently transformed into a concert hall.

Spiritual music opens hearts to God:

Benedict XVI alongside conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg after a performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Vatican on October 16, 2010.

A concert performed by the Regensburger Domspatzen cathedral choir at the Sistine Chapel to celebrate the 85th birthday of the Pope’s brother Georg Ratzinger.

Pope Benedict XVI and then-President of Germany Horst Köhler watch a concert by the Berlin Philharmonic Quartet at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall. Köhler had presented the concert as a “gift” to the Pope when he was in Cologne for World Youth Day in 2005.

Their shared love of music was a source of great unity for Joseph Ratzinger and his brother Georg. The picture shows Joseph Ratzinger as Archbishop of Munich and Freising playing the grand piano (date and location of photo unknown).

When time permitted, Benedict would sit down at the piano himself. This photo was taken during a holiday in Les Combes in the Aosta Valley on July 17, 2006.