The music for All Saints Sunday includes our favorite All Saints hymns: at the processional announcing the day’s theme, “For all the saints, who from their labors rest,” at the Communion two diverse but thematic gems; “Who are these like stars appearing,” and the traditional “When the Saints go Marching in.” At the prelude the Canterbury Choir sings a setting of the hymn “I sing a song of the saints of God.” Today is, by the way, the Canterbury Choir’s later service debut under the direction of Christin Cooper!
At the offertory the chancel choir sings the beautiful chorus from Mozart’s Requiem, “Lacrimosa,” and at the Communion the contemporary standard, “In remembrance of me.” The Lacrimosa is part of the Dies Irae sequence in Requiem Mass. Mozart, among others, treats it separately from the larger and more devastating Dies Irae text (day of wrath. Day of Judgment.) In fact, there is sweetness to Mozart’s textual treatment as sopranos soar and basses ascend and descend. As you may know, Mozart’s Requiem setting was a death-bed work product and accordingly left incomplete. Lacrimosa is the last Requiem movement that is authenticly Mozart and it is a tender beauty-“ Merciful Lord Jesus, Grant them eternal rest.”
Our next Friends of Music Concert, featuring our very own Christin Cooper, is next Sunday, November 12 2017 at 4:00pm
Christin is delighted to present a program of art song and works for solo piano. On the piano, her program will feature Haydn’s Andante and Variations in F minor, selections from Ravel’s Miroirs, and the Alcotts movement from Charles Ives’ “Concord” piano sonata. Together with Mia Bonnewell and Doug Starr, she will also feature art songs by Charles Ives, Libby Larsen, and Lili Boulanger.