Thank you to everyone who emailed in the pieces or composers that hold special memories or are particularly moving for you.
Soprano Laura Schollaert emailed me right away with her piece, Credo from Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Laura believes that this is the most theologically perfect piece she has ever sung. There is excitement from the first measure; as if the singers can’t wait to tell everyone these words. The ups and downs of the story are told through the music. Great selection, Laura!
Soprano Marge Mullin’s journey with her father requiring her and her siblings to memorize barbershop arrangements before being allowed to leave the dinner table! One of Marge’s most profound choral experience was rehearsing with Robert Shaw for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnes with the Detroit Symphony. It was one of those experiences where you almost don’t want to hear it again because of how special it was. Thanks for sharing, Marge!
This comes from Soprano Lauren Anderson: check out Drop, Drop Slow Tears by Paul Mealor (on YouTube the version by the Antioch Chamber Ensemble in NYC). “This piece is just haunting, beautiful, stark and glorious. I just hope that this is what Heaven sounds like.”
My (Alto Erin Kurth) favorites are the works of Aaron Copeland. To me, his compositions are the epitome of Americana. Especially on a road trip, his music sets a tone of excitement and adds the perfect accompaniment to the beauty of our great nation. Even Copeland’s choral works, like In The Beginning, have been favorites throughout my choral life.
Again, thank you to those who shared these experiences and thoughts. If you have one you’d like to share with the group, email the newsletter. Help others discover the music you love!