Sunday, October 23, 2016

Local church presents baroque, and and special transcriptions, on a Baldwin grand while organ is rehabed


Today, Mt. Olivet Methodist Church in Arlington VA offered some interesting music at the 11 AM service, from a Baldwin Grand Piano while the organ is being rehabbed.

The Voluntary was “The Swan” from “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Seans, played by cello and piano.   The video below is a little more substantial, the Cello Concerto, still on the light side.



There was an anthem with children’s choirs, soloists and piano “Lord, Listen to Your Children” by Ken Medema.

There was an offertory “O. My God, Bestow Thy Tender Mercy” by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, a cappella.   I remember rehearsing the Ave Maria in tenth grade back in 1958.

The Postlude was Purcell’s Sinfonia in D Minor, transcribed to piano, performed by Steven K. Shaner.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard Purcell played on a modern piano before.

Here's a very chromatic hymn in B-flat by British composer Erik Routley "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing" (1960) that I noticed in the hymn book.  Very interesting modulations.

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