Saturday, November 16, 2013

British composer John Taverner passes away; here's a choral piece

I wanted to pass along a friend’s recommendation for a modal choral piece by British composer John Taverner, “God Is With Us”, in C major, with a lot of whole-tone harmonies.  It’s largely a cappella until some loud organ chords punctuate at the end. The piece seems to end on the dominant, and begs for resolution.
It’s performed by the Kings College Choir.

According to Wikipedia, Taverner passed away Nov. 12 at the age of 69.  

Update: Nov. 17

Today, at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC, Lawrence Schreiber performed the postlude "Praise the Lord with Drums and Cymbals" by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, with heavy use of the trumpets in the back of the sanctuary, the first time that I have heard them used.

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