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…]

Josephslegende

I was delighted to find this neglected contribution by Richard Strauss to the musical treatments of biblical stories. [Read more…]

Elijah for In-Choir-Ing Minds

Details in the image above about an upcoming event in Indianapolis, with discussion and some musical foretastes of the upcoming performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. The work is fascinating for those interested in the intersection of the Bible and music, from its dramatic beginning with Elijah’s curse, to its ending which incorporates a range of scripture. [Read More…]

Andrei Petrov, Creation of the World Suite

The above piece by Russian composer Andrei Petrov is but one of many musical works inspired by the account of creation in Genesis. If you are in Indianapolis, don’t miss the performance tonight of Aaron Copland’s “In The Beginning”! [Read more…]