The coincidence of a sermon on creature comforts and the 210th anniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn prompts this morning's musical selections. In the case of the Offertory, "The Bees' Wedding" provides a felicitous intersection. In reality, the popular nicknames by which many of Mendelssohn's Songs without Words are known are the inventions of publishers, but they are provided here for their evocative power. Elsewhere, Debussy's elephantine lullaby for Jimbo (a mis-transliteration of "Jumbo") and two tender animal portraits from Jacques Ibert's Histoires (stories) for piano, pay homage to four-footed and hard-shelled friends. Read on for programming details.
Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Songs without Words
In G Major, Op. 62, No. 4 "Morning Song"
In A Major, Op. 19, No. 4 "Consolation"
In E-flat Major, Op. 53, No. 2 "Fleecy Cloud"
In A Major, Op. 102, No. 5 "The Joyous Peasant"
In C Major, Op, 102, No. 6 "Belief"
"Jimbo's Lullaby" from Children's Corner
Song without Words in C Major, Op, 67, No. 4 "The Bees' Wedding"
"The Leader of Golden Tortoises" and "The Little White Donkey" from Histoires