Didòmhnaich Adhradh 02/20/11

Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto
Prelude: Cavatina - William Stickles (o)
Choir: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S. Bach (o)
Offertory: Prelude Op. 33 No. 1 - A. Scriabin (pf)
Postlude: Little Prelude and Fugue in G minor - J.S. Bach (o)
The term cavatina tends to apply to a songful and simple melody. Billy Stick fills all of these criteria and few more.
Aside from the strange English translation, this arrangement of the timeless Bach chorale setting aims for H.I.P.-ness. At least the editor includes a page-long Bericht commenting on balance of parts. We actually got a violin to do the perpetual melody over the top and I provided some inspirational block-chord realization below on the organ.
Opus 33 from 1903 is a transitional time in Scriabin's style. True, we must wait until Op. 59 in 1910 for the key signatures to totally loose their importance, but the fuzziness of tonality is well under way. The form (ABABC) has a compact sampling of complex and tuneful contrapuntal writing (A), homophonic melody (B), and a chromatic, recitativo coda (C). Wonderful little word, and the other three from Op. 33 look just as fun.

I really like this fugue! Dancing feet! It’s the 3rd leaps that make the pedal part so fun. And I don’t even want to get off the countermelodic suspension train! Rock on!

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