Music News and Notes: December 1 , 2022
Greetings St. John’s Family,
This week’s Music Notes is a short one, as the choirs are off this Sunday, as they prepare for the Festival of Lessons and Carols on December 18 More about the music they are preparing for this year’s special service in the next two Music Notes.
As for this week’s music, this Sunday’s offertory comes from Handel’s much-beloved oratorio, Messiah. The recitative and aria “Comfort Ye’ and ‘Ev’ry Valley,’ sung by solo tenor, set the stage for the first part of Messiah, with text from Isaiah. If you listen carefully, you can hear how Handel uses text painting to accentuate the text.
Some examples of this include very florid passages for the word ‘exalted’, high notes for mountains, and lower pitches for the word “low,’ and repeated oscillation between two notes to represent crookedness followed by one sustained note on the word straight.
Have a terrific week and see you on Sunday!
LESSONS AND CAROLS INVITATION
Have you ever thought about joining the Chancel Choir, but didn’t know when or where to start? Now may be the perfect time to try out choir. If you are interested in singing in this year’s Lessons and Carols service on December 18th, it is not too late. Choir rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9 and we have scheduled a special L&C rehearsal on Sunday, December 4th from 12-3. (lunch provided) Come be a part of this special holiday tradition.