Music This Sunday


Music This Sunday

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019

Pride on Park
To mark the fiftieth anniversary year of the Stonewall uprising, the catalyst for the Gay Rights movement in the US and throughout the world, this Sunday features music by LGBTQ+ composers with a strong connection to New York City.

Our sung portions of the Mass include settings by William Trafka, David Hurd, and Calvin Hampton. And our hymnody includes Hampton’s setting of There’s a wideness in God’s mercy.

"Revecy venir le Printans" (Here again comes the spring) is from Leonard Bernstein’s music for The Lark, a play about the trial of Joan of Arc. The music is deliberately evocative of the great Saint’s medieval era, and was written in 1955, while Bernstein was in the midst of composing Candide.

Copland wrote his Four Motets, including “Help Us, O Lord,” in 1921 while studying with Nadia Boulanger, but they remained unpublished until 1979. The text refernces Psalm 36 ("For with Thee is the fount of life, in thy light shall we see light”) and the book of Lamentations (“Let us march and try our ways” and “it is good that man should wait”). The anthem begins and ends with a wordless ostinato (a repeated musical phrase) that sets the penitent tone of the music

“O God of Love” is a transcribed from John Corigliano’s “The Ghost of Versailles," commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and premiered in 1991. Corigliano is a life-long New Yorker (his father was concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic) and his best-known works include Symphony No. 1, a stirring and cathartic response to the AIDS crisis.

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