Sunday musical offering

October 18, 2020

There will be rest, and sure stars shining
Over the roof-tops crowned with snow,
A reign of rest, serene forgetting,
The music of stillness holy and low.

I will make this world of my devising
Out of a dream in my lonely mind.
I shall find the crystal of peace, – above me
Stars I shall find.

—Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

Sunday musical offering

October 11, 2020

Lullaby, twilight is spreading
Silver wings over the sky;
Fairy elves are softly treading,
Folding buds as they pass by.
Lullaby, whisper and sigh, 
Lullaby, lullaby.
Lullaby, deep in the clover
Drone the bees softly to rest;
Close white lids your dear eyes over,
Mother’s arms shall be your rest.
Lullaby, whisper and sigh,
Lullaby, lullaby.

Musical offering for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

October 4, 2020

Today’s cultural moment

October 1, 2020

Sunday musical offering

September 27, 2020

It’s the birthday of pianist, conductor, and composer Jean Berger (1909-2002). He was born in Germany to Orthodox Jewish parents, and studied in Vienna and Heidelberg, earning his doctorate in musicology in 1931. Following Hitler’s rise to power, Berger moved first to France, then to Brazil, and then to the United States. He became a U.S. citizen in 1943. Berger had a long academic career, serving on the faculties of Middlebury College, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. His Brazilian Psalm, composed in 1941, remains a standard in the choral repertoire. 

Sunday musical offering

September 20, 2020

Musical offering for Rosh Hashanah — social distancing edition

September 19, 2020

Sunday musical offering

September 13, 2020

Happy birthday, Henry

September 10, 2020

In honor of the birthday of English baroque composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695), here is the Rondeau from the incidental music to Abdelazer.

Happy birthday, Antonín

September 8, 2020

In honor of the birthday of Czech composer Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904), here is the first movement of his Serenade for Strings, in a performance by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.

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