Singing Hosanna

Nick Alexander created this parody of the well-known Pina Colada song (“Escape”). Today, Palm Sunday, marks the occasion that it was meant for. Enjoy! [Read more…]

John and the Synoptics

Elizabeth Corsar blogged about the fact that the relationship between the Gospel of John and the Synoptic Gospels is still not resolved after all these years. When I shared the post on Facebook, someone suggested that John and the Synoptics would be a great band name, and that Corsar’s blog preview image would work as [Read More…]

Singing the Song of Songs

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Alleluia (Echoes In Rain)

It was striking to listen to Enya’s latest album and to hear this stream of alleluias… [Read more…]

Across Time and Space: A Choral Concert

Across Time and Space: A Choral Concert Sunday, April 23, 6:00 PM Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler Arts Center Tickets: Adult: $15; Senior: $10; Student: $7.50 This annual performance features the ensembles of the Butler School of Music Choral Department–Chorale, Spectra, University Choir and Chamber Singers—performing selected works from four centuries of choral repertoire [Read More…]

Dave Brubeck, “To Hope!”

This is a fascinating mass setting by Dave Brubeck, using traditional Latin mass elements as well as New Testament texts. His work in composing it led to his conversion to Catholicism. [Read more…]

Heather Schmidt

For International Women’s Day, I thought I would share some music that I just happened to find myself listening today, as a result of YouTube recommendations based on past listening. Here is Christine Tithecott performing her piece “Twelve for Ten”: Here is Solaris for Cello and Piano: Here is Heather Schmidt’s Symphony No.1:   Here are [Read More…]

Romuald Twardowski, “Alliłuja”

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ΚΑΤΑ ΣΑΔΔΟΥΚΑΙΩΝ

A work by Mikis Theodorakis, drawn to my attention by Siobhan Dowling Long and John Sawyer in their volume, The Bible in Music. [Read more…]

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

These two “canticles” in Luke’s infancy story are not actually said to be “songs.” But they become music over and over again in the Anglican tradition, being so important to the Evening Service that composers have often set these words in multiple keys. And that provides something worth looking at in a course on the [Read More…]