Didòmhnaich Adhradh: 12/05/10

Prelude: Violin Demo
Offertory: Evening, Op 65 No 11 - S. Prokofiev
Communion: The Peace that my Savior giveth - arr. Tedd Smith
Postlude: Christmas Meditation on a Theme by Praetorius - E.H. Thiman

Book of Kells, 12r

At the last moment my prelude was commandeered by an elderly violinist and her erstwhile student playing unison "Come Emmanuel," "Jesu, meine Freude," and "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme." I guess that's where the standard lays.
My offertory was exceptionally long this time. Prokofiev's Twelve Easy Pieces for Children is full of his grotesquery, pedagogy, and lyricism. The first section is a very songful 3/8 descending melody mixed with a Lydian 6/8 arppeggiation and the middle section introduces the lower register and travels through A-flat major and C major on the sun's trip to the sea (or Arizona, depending on your religion). For me it was soothing, playful, and crepuscule.
Tedd Smith during Communion. I'm not familiar with this hymn, but his arrangement had a soulful, gospel feel to it. I found A-flat very comforting like a down comforter. Communion needed it.
I haven't gotten into much of the Eric Thiman I've pirated from Grandma B's cupboards. "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" has that enigmatic, ancient quality to it and Thiman chose to bury it in the alto voice. Every now and then a fragment of the melody is played in sequence and then singled out in the pedal on the Great. I wish I had given more time to registration and pedaling, but there's grad school finals for ya.

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