Congratulations! and…Brahms

The Nashoba Valley Chorale concert on November 19 was just beautiful. We sang the Bach 3rd Motet with verve and attention to detail (and with an occasional but never fatal derailment). The Gjeilo Sunrise Mass was simply gorgeous – swept the audience away. Beautiful work – thank you!!

And now on to Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. Jan Swafford writes,

Brahms’s Requiem has no trace of incense, no bowing to the altar. It reaches beyond the walls of churches to touch the eternal sources of grief and hope. It is a spiritual work in the universal language of music, addressed to all humanity, which is to say, to those that mourn and need comfort. “ Freude,” “joy,” is the word heard most often in Ein deutsches Requiem. Brahms meant “Freude” in the same sense Beethoven did in the Ninth Symphony. For a humanist, joy is the summit of life, and it is the rebirth of joy that all people hope for on the other side of mourning.