One of the meanings of "Integrity," March's Journey Group theme, is wholeness. In musical terms, integration often refers to elements which unify a piece, even as it traverses diverse ideas and contrasting moods. The first movement of Beethoven's so-called "Moonlight Sonata," must have surprised initial listeners, because of its steadfast adherence to a single musical texture and atmosphere, in a musical genre which traditionally emphasized opposing characters and dramatic development. In his "Papillons," Schumann approaches integration in a different way: the fragmentary, fractured individual movements of the suite add up to a cohesive musical narrative in which each incomplete section requires the other to make sense. Attentive listeners will note the "flashback" to the first section (played in the Interlude) in the final section (this morning's Parting Music). Elsewhere, the CUUC Choir reprises its virtual performance of Z. Randall Stroope's inspiration "Inscription of Hope," and Tchaikovsky's "Song of the Lark," his piece for the month of March from a cycle of monthly pieces, dovetails with our Bell-Ringing ritual. Read on for programming details, and stay tuned for spoken introductions.
Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Song of the Lark, Op. 37, No. 3
Anthem: CUUC Choir, directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
Inscription of Hope*
Z. Randall Stroope
*Words found on cellar wall in Nazi Germany
Sonata in C# Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 "Quasi una fantasia"
1. Adagio sostenuto
Ludwig van Beethoven
Papillons, Op. 2, Nos. 1-5
Papillons, Op. 2, No. 12