Monday, August 19, 2019
More Mendelssohn organ music, and some Jean Berger; what is a "covenant"?
Yesterday, Lawrence Schreiber played the Andante Con Moto from the Organ Sonata, Op. 65 #5 in D Major by Felix Mendelssohn, as offertory.
The work starts at about one hour into this video.
The tempo is more like an Allegretto than a slow movement. He took it fast, Toscanini-like.
I’ll come back to some of these again. Numbers 1 and 6 look interesting.
He also played the Prelude and Figure in G, Op. 37 #2, which I had covered March 18, 2017 here.
But his performance of the finale seemed louder and more dissonant-sounding than the YouTube performances. But organ playing, especially fugal counterpoint, is often more about “levels of sound” than continuously nuanced dynamics as in piano. I remember that from organ lessons at KU back in 1966.
The anthem was Jean Berger’s “This Is the Covenant”, the subject of David Gushee’s (visiting) sermon and Sunday school. I can’t find the anthem on YouTube, but the piece is mentioned in a pdf inventory (from the University of Colorado) of his compositions, dated 1972.
I note that I had called Part 1 of my unpublished 1969 novel (handwritten in the Army) "The Proles", "The Covenant". Like everyone was obligated to serve, or else.... The chapters of the novel were like movements of a music requiem.
Picture: sketch of me in Sunday School