Sunday, May 27, 2018
Today, I attended a service at the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, TX.
During the offertory, there was a performance of “Domine Deus” from the Gloria in D by Antonio Vivaldi. The soprano was Coretta Smith, the oboeist was Quince Holman, the organist David Moldenhauer. It was sung in Latin with the translation, “Lord God, Ruler of Heaven, God the Father almighty.
The whole work appears above. I guess if the Metropolis Ensemble asks us to enjoy Charpentier, we should enjoy big Vivaldi choral works.
The communion included the Benedictine Plainsong Mode V (13th Century), then “Holy Spirit” by Bryan and Kate Torwall, “Sure the Presence” by Lanny Wolfe, and “Holy Ground” by Geron Davis.
The recessional was a setting of the Sibelius Finlandia, which I will return to later.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The Scott Paddock Jazz Quartet performed the prelude, offertory and postlude today at the First Baptist Church of Washington DC for Pentecost Sunday. The quartet includes piano.
The materials included folk spirituals and some improvisations with a little more modern dissonance.
Here is the second sample video.
The Ascension would have been quite a miracle for anyone who witnessed it in person. Your life is, what it is.
Saturday, May 05, 2018
Jeong in-Kim plays the Piano Sonata #3 in C by Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927 in Kansas City MO, the Midwest). I don’t have a time of composition, might have been the 1950s.
The first movement (7 minutes) is marked Serenade/Toccata but the Toccata like theme, a rising figure, seems to open the work. The serenade is a lyrical second subject in what seems like a compressed sonata form. The movements on a loud dissonance.
The second movement is called the Interlude, seems to be in A minor, but soon presents a jazz theme that might have come from Gershwin.
The expansive finale, Tango Fantastique, is very demanding, seems almost like perpetual motion, and ends on an impressive climax in E. (My own preference is that works end in the tonality in which they start, but progressive tonality for cyclic works came into vogue with Mahler and Nielsen.)
The overall style is tonal but dissonant, with heavy syncopated rhythms associated with dance. Some of the harmonies sound a but impressionistic.
This seems like an extremely difficult work (23 minutes) to play.
Emma Lou Diemer’s output is quite varied as to form and should be heard more often. It compares well to Amy Beach. She has often performed her own organ works.