Monthly Archives: October 2014

  • On the Passing of Stephen Paulus

    When I started this blog, I never anticipated writing this kind of post. But the impression Stephen Paulus made on this composer (and many others I’m certain) and my learning today of his passing yesterday compels me to do so. I first learned of Stephen’s music when I sang several of his traditional Christmas Carol arrangements with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. At first, they struck me as a bit odd – not harmonically conventional at all. But I soon found that “oddness” turned to “freshness” and they quickly became my favorite arrangements of those carols. I later met Stephen when…

  • Duquesne Choirs: Oct 17, 2014

    Duquesne Choir Concert Epiphany Catholic Church General Comments The choice of concert venue has a huge effect on how a program will sound. Epiphany Church’s sanctuary offers ample reverberation and such live acoustics are a pleasure to sing in. It helps carry the voice throughout the entire space and can take the edge off any harshness while adding smoothness and warmth to a choral sound. For a relatively small group performing vocally demanding works such as Brahms’ How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings or Copland’s The Promise of Living, live acoustics are a huge help. But they can also have detrimental…

  • Sacred Choral Works

    My favorite Sacred Choral Works (NOT Advent/Christmas). Stephen Paulus: Pilgrims’ Hymn Gerald Finzi: Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice Gerald Finzi: God Has Gone Up Charles H. H. Parry: I Was Glad Maurice Duruflé: Ubi Caritas Morten Lauridsen: O Nata Lux William Mathias: Let the People Praise You C. V. Stanford: Beati quorum via Benjamin Britten: Te Deum in C Ralph Vaughan Williams: Antiphon Ernst Bullock: Give Us the Wings of Faith (Posted 10-07-2014)

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