I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the movie, “The Mission,” with Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons. If not, then I recommend it. It is about the colonial church in South America as it collaborates with pro-slavery Portugal to enslave a native population. It is also about the Jesuits who defend them. It’s a beautiful film. If nothing else it demonstrates De Niro’s physical dedication to his craft.
But I guess the real reason I’m writing this is because of the music. A few years ago when I lived in Rye, Colorado, I was washing dishes at my kitchen sink and listening to a classical music station. They played a 7-minute version of The Mission theme music, “Gabriel’s Oboe,” by the Australian guitarist John Williams. The speakers were about 10 feet away. As soon as I heard the first couple of notes I had to abandon the dishes and go stand in front of the speakers. It really grabbed me! After that I had to see the movie. It’s also available online. It was well worth it. The music was actually composed for the movie by Ennio Morricone. I don’t know who arranged this version, but it is wonderful. It can be found in youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mwhH762yXY