CUC Music: Sun Nov 9

Christophe Willibald Glück (1714 - 1787),
born in Berching, Germany
Sunday morning’s musical selections highlight the tricentennial of the birth of Christophe Willibald Glück, the composer credited with bringing a new level of realism to musical drama in his operas. Although Glück did not compose for solo piano, his operatic airs and dance interludes provided great fodder for the musical imaginations of Mozart, Brahms, and Hans von Bülow.

Offertory music is Frederic Chopin’s celebrated “Raindrop Prelude”, a work which contrasts serene lyricism with unsettled turbulence. The concluding tranquil mood following an agitated central episode may call to mind our monthly theme of forgiveness.

Sunday piano works, played by Adam Kent:

Variations on a Theme by Glück, K. 455

Opening Music:
Tambourin, from Iphigénie en Tauride
Glück, arr. by Hans von Bulow

Gavotte in A Major from Alceste
Glück, arr. by Brahms

Prelude in Db Major, Op. 28, No. 15
Frederic Chopin

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