The music of Franz Schubert programmed for this morning’s Gathering Music brings to mind a phrase from the musicologist Edward T. Cone, who alluded to “promissory notes” in the work of the greatest composers. The expression denoted the large-scale implications of seemingly incidentals details offered articulated early on in a masterwork. The idea is that there are no accidents: every fleeting eccentricity has its consequences and justification as the piece unfolds. The two works of Schubert illustrate this principle, with the smallest intervals and modal inflections in initial themes often generating explosive outbursts later on.
In other musical selections, the work of composers of African
descent is on display, from the worlds of Jazz and Ragtime, as well as the more
classical utterances of R. Nathaniel Dett.
The CUUC Choir is on hand as well, with a virtual performance of a “What a Wonderful World,” full of the good cheer and optimism so widely needed in these times.
Read on for programming details.
Gathering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Moment Musical in Ab Major, Op. 94, No. 2
Sonata in C Minor, Op. Posth.
Pastime Rag No. 3
Opening Music: CUUC Choir directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
“What a Wonderful World”
Bob Thiele (as "George Douglas") and George David Weiss
“Honey” from In the Bottoms
R. Nathaniel Dett