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2019-05-28

Music: Sun Jun 2


This morning’s solo piano music consists of fragments, short pieces which function like the broken shards of glass to make a mosaic. In the Centering Music, several of Chopin’s 24 Preludes recall the composer’s sublime collection of brief introductory works, created to sound like improvised prefaces to something bigger. In the Offertory, the first six pieces of Robert Schumann’s Papillons conjure up the short dances and unpredictable procession of guests at a masquerade ball. The composer was inspired by the final chapter in Jean-Paul Richter’s unfinished novel Years of Indiscretion, in which twin brothers Vult and Walt switch costumes at a ball to discover the true feelings of Wina, the woman they both love. For the Romantic-era authors who influenced Schumann, the masquerade ball was a symbol of self-transformation and freedom from societal constraints.

Elsewhere, Kim and Christian Force provide another musical exploration of the monthly theme of Borders and Boundaries in Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory,” and the CUUC Choir serves up Greg Gilpin’s “Rise Above the Walls” and an arrangement of Spirituals by Sonja Poorman.

Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Twenty-Four Preludes, Op. 28
            No. 1 in C Major
            No. 2 in A Minor
            No. 3 in G Major
            No. 4 in E Minor
            No. 22 in G Minor
            No. 23 in F Major
                                                Frederic Chopin

Special Music: Kim and Christian Force
The Edge of Glory
                                                Lady Gaga

Anthem: CUUC Choir directed by Georgianna Pappas
Going Home      
             American Folk Song and Spiritual, arr. by Sonja Poorman 

Offertory:
Papillons, Op. 2, Nos. 1-6
                                                Robert Schumann

Anthem:
Rise Above the Walls     
                                                            Greg Gilpin

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