Music: Sun Oct 1

As I kid, I had a morbid fascination with great composers who died young. Chopin at 39, Mendelssohn at 38, Purcell at 36, Mozart at 35, Schubert at 31—I could recite them all. The Rock world would seem to trump them all, with Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix not surviving their 27th years (Amy Winehouse, too!). On the other hand, the Grim Classical Reaper claimed Pergolesi at 22 and the Spanish composer Arriaga at only 19! I can’t summon a “yay” for their untimely deaths, but I can manage one for all they achieved in their short times on earth.

And, in that spirit, the works by Franz Schubert in Sunday morning’s Centering Music and Offertory are from the composer’s final compositions, a set of three piano sonatas completed within a few months of his passing.

CUUC’s Choir is also on hand with contemplations on mortality by Paul McCartney and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Read on for programming details.

Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. Posth.
            II. Adagio
                                                            Franz Schubert

Anthem: CUUC Choir directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
Here Today 
                                                            Paul McCartney, arr. by Ed Lojeski 

Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, Op, Posth.
            III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace con molta delicatezza
                                                           Franz Schubert

Address to the Moon  
                               Music by John Purifoy, Poem by Nathaniel Hawthorne 

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