Valentine’s Day finds musical expression in several of this morning’s solo piano selections. Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood) are a product of his years of yearning for the pianist Clara Wieck, whom he would eventually marry. He dedicated the cycle to her, alluding to it in the following letter: You once said to me that I often seemed like a child, and I suddenly got inspired and knocked off around 30 quaint little pieces... I selected several and titled them Kinderszenen. You will enjoy them, though you will need to forget that you are a virtuoso when you play them.
“Secreto” is taken from Federico Mompou’s Impresiones íntimas, his first published work. I encourage you to imagine what and between whom the secret might be….
This morning’s Interlude speaks to the Age of Reason. In fact, it may be one of the “reasonable” pieces ever written. Stay tuned to find out more in my spoken introduction, and read on for programming details.
Gather the Spirit ~ Jim Scott and the Master Singers to Go Choir
How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place (words: Psalm 84, music: James Leith Macbeth Bain) ~ Performed by Choir of the Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville, VA
Lean On Me ~ Bill Withers
Opening Music: CUUC Choir, directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied
by Georgianna Pappas
Closer to the Flame ~ words by Susan Bentall Boersma, music by David Lantz III
Musical Meditation: Adam Kent, piano
Träumerei from Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Two-Part Invention No. 1 in C Major
J. S. Bach
“Secreto” from Impresiones íntimas