Music: Sun Sep 15

New York City native Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) became the first professor of music in the history of Columbia University. He celebrated the natural world in much of his piano music, and several works from his Sea Pieces and Fireside Tales are included this morning in recognition of our growing consciousness of climate-change issues. MacDowell was fond of providing short original verses to preface his piano music, which are reprinted below. The CUUC Choir is also on hand with two beloved classics. Read on for programming details.

Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
From Sea Pieces, Op. 55
            “To the Sea”
Ocean thou mighty monster
            “From a Wandering Iceberg”
An errant princess of the north,
A virgin, snowy white,
Sails adown the summer seas
To realms of burning light.
The stars are but the cherubs
That sing about the throne
Of gray old Ocean’s spouse,
Fair Moon’s pale majesty.
A merry song, a chorus brave,
And yet a sigh regret
For roses sweet, in woodland lanes---
Ah, love can ne’er forget!
                                                Edward MacDowell

Anthem: The CUUC Choir directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
           American Folk Song/arr. by Brad Printz

From Fireside Tales, Op. 61
        “From a German Forest”

“Turn, Turn, Turn”
        adapted by Pete Seeger/arr. by Roger Emerson

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