Monday, May 17, 2010

More than meets the eye/ear.

Nothing new on the decor front...Nothing new on the job front...and Handsome still looks the same (extremely cute). That being said, there is a rather tasty piece of music in my ears lately, and no it isn't "Camp town Races".  Christ Lag in todesbanden, Cantata 4, is so fabulous.  The big choral movements are 1 and 7 with the chorale, movement 7.  What comes in between....well, "heaven" shall I say.

Verse I: "Christ lag in Todes Banden"
Verse II: "Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt" ("Nobody could overcome death")
Verse III: "Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn" ("Jesus Christ, Son of God")
Verse IV: "Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg" ("There was a wondrous war")
Verse V: "Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm" ("Here is the true Easter Lamb")
Verse VI: "So feiern wir das hohe Fest" ("So we celebrate the high feast")
Verse VII: "Wir essen und leben wohl" ("We eat and live well")

This work is for an upcoming concert at St. John's Episcopal Church

Tonight as we sang through the movements,  I was noticing how beautiful the music is.  Naturally, it is aurally beautiful, but what I mean, in this instance is how beautiful the notes look on the page.  Does anybody else think that?  In the past few weeks, as I've been dusting off some rusty repertoire...I've had to pause a lot more to reflect on notes etc and am looking at these pieces of music as more than a map (from beginning to end) but now as pieces of art.

This piece in particular is high on my list of beauties...

Classic Bach...he wrote some "winners" didn't he? (hehe)

As it would happen both of these pieces I have new eyes for are Bach.  Other favorites include Ralph Vaughan Williams and Frederic Chopin. The difference between Bach, Vaughan Williams, and Chopin is similar to the difference between a landscape and a portrait.  I suppose it depends what you're looking for. 
 The long and short of it, or in this case, the whole and half of it is that the next time I'm looking for something to frame I may look to the pages of my piano books and choral scores, because they hold more than meets the eye. 

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