the way Sunday afternoons are meant to be

We had a lovely time this afternoon enjoying a joint concert by the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble and the Madrigalia. The programme was consistently good (okay, almost–I didn’t care for the Robert Schumann piece they did). The most interesting piece they did was Mario Casteluovo-Tedesco’s Romancero Gitano (Gypsy Ballads). Besides being interesting, it also had some hauntingly beautiful movements in it (that judgement is supposed to be a surprise to those of you who know my views on when we entered the musical dark ages). I’m not sure why his music isn’t performed more often.

But the most stirring piece was Mendelssohn’s ‘Heilig, heilig, heilig ist Gott der Herr Zebaoth’. I now expect to receive a ten CD set of Mendelssohn’s sacred choral works in the mail within a week or two.

In other news, our Indigo Bunting is back and frequenting our bird feeder again. He’s bossy and doesn’t like it when other birds come too close. But he’s pretty enough that we forgive him his vices.


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One Response to the way Sunday afternoons are meant to be

  1. fustianist says:

    Not only did we get inspired to order CDs of Mendelssohn, but we came home, looked up sheet music online, and sang through a bunch of his works. Apparently marrying a musical man is something I’ve inherited from the women in my family–on both sides. And today it had some nice benefits for me!

    Sydney and I wished for company (some of the pieces were for two choirs, so there were 8 parts to cover!). I think we need to hold a music retreat at our house, where you all join us for a few days and we sing our way through as much music as possible. I’m sure sleeping on our floor will be quite conducive to good singing . . .


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