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2019-10-29

Music: Sun Nov 3


Catalan composer Federico Mompou’s first published work, a suite of pieces for solo piano entitled Impresiones íntimas (Intimate Impressions), provide the perfect musical embodiment of loving compassion envisioned in this morning’s service. Gitano (Gypsy) was inspired by an incident when the car the young composer was driving accidentally knocked over a gypsy. According to Mompou, the piece reflected the gypsy’s reaction of good-humored forgiveness and grace. Joaquín Turina was a native of Seville, and his three Danzas fantásticas highlight dance rhythms from different regions of Spain. Exalatación is lovingly dedicated to the composer’s wife with the following lines from the novel La orgía  (Yes, it means what you think.) by  José Mas:

It seemed as though the figures in that incomparable picture were moving inside the calyx of a flower.

The CUUC Choir is also on hand with more loving expressions by Jason Shelton and Ruth Elaine Schram. Read on for programming details.

Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Exalatación from Danzas fantásticas, Op. 22
                                    Joaquín Turina
From Impresiones íntimas
Pájaro triste (Sad Bird)
Cuna (Cradle)
                                    Federico Mompou

Prelude: CUUC Choir directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
“You Are Loved”       
 Jason Shelton and Gretchen Haley

Offertory: Gitano from Impresiones íntimas
                                                      Mompou
Anthem:
“No Greater Gift”     
Ruth Elaine Schram   
Interlude:
Secreto           
                                                      Mompou

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