Sunday, December 20, 2015

"The Dream Isaiah Saw": moving cantata dedicated to Sept. 11 tragedy, presented today by Arlington VA church

The Mount Olivet Methodist Church of Arlington VA today held a “Lessons and Carols” service that presented a short but powerful cantata, "The Dream Isaiah Saw" by Thomas H. Troeger, words from a poem by Glenn L. Rudolph, for chorus, organ, piano and percussion.  The work is dedicated to those who perished on September 11, 2001.

The Saturday Chorale has a descriptive article on the work.

The work begins in A Minor and emphasizes a slow triple meter that oddly can be marched to (sometimes Robert Schumann did this).  The work ends in triumph in the relative C Major (rather than the Picardy A Major).

Naxos Records has licensed a performance by the Washington Chorus on Youtube.

Also performed were an anthem “There Is No Rose” by Howard Helvey, and a children’s anthem “Come, Jesus, Prince of Peace”, by Dianne Hannibal.

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