The miracle of Mozart, who would have turned 267 last Friday, is celebrated in this morning’s Gathering Music and Postlude. The former features his prodigious variations on a popular children’s tune, then known in French as “Ah vous dirai-je, maman” but recognized by us as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. The latter highlights an instance of 18th-century cultural appropriation, as Mozart parodies popular Ottoman Janissary music in his famous “Rondo alla Turca”.
Offertory centers the musical culture of the African Diaspora in Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s
setting of the Spiritual “The Angels Changed My Name”: “I went to the hillside,
I went to pray; I know the angels done changed my name. Done changed my name
for the coming day; thank God the angels done changed my name.”
The CUUC Choir is also on hand for two Anthems. Read on for programming details and stay tuned for spoken introductions.
Gathering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, maman?”, K. 265
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Anthem: CUUC Choir directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
“A Festive Alleluia”
Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Rondo alla Turca