Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Thou Knowest, Lord, Ash Wednesday Is Upon Us

4 comments:

Nancy Ainsworth said...

Hauntingly beautiful, lovely phrasing. Perfect Ash Wednesday devotion.

Sally Thomas said...

I love this. We're actually singing it tonight, though I'm not sure our phrasing will be *quite* that perfect! Still, it went well in rehearsal last night . . .

Nancy Ainsworth said...

I meant to say "Thank you" also, but was so caught up in it I could hardly type...I love your placing these pieces of music on your blog. I belonged to a choir in Northern California (small -- St. Bedes, Menlo Park) which took care with the music. Now I live in Vermont and am not so mobile as to find such a choir!

Sally Thomas said...

You're quite welcome. I try to share things I love.

And I know what you mean about missing a good choir. I sang in a parish choir in Cambridge, UK, for the four years we lived there -- I was the least of the musicians in that choir, but boy, did I learn a lot, and it was glorious to sing all that repertoire. And I've sung in some other good choirs (as in, good without my having to do anything other than show up) as well.

Now we're building a good choir, to the best of our abilities, with small resources and not a lot of formal musical training on the part of the people doing the directing (one other woman and me), and it's equal parts exciting, challenging, and exhausting. But when I think how . . . difficult to the point of impossible . . . this Purcell piece would have been several years ago, and how well it went when we sang it last night -- well. Knock me down. This is definitely two parts exciting to one part all the other things.