Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Fun (of a very different kind)

Noni and I spent some time thinking about an appropriate Friday Fun video for today. See, the thing is, we met twenty years ago in the alto section of our local Cathedral Choir. We were part of the Enchanted Altos, a bunch of gals who had perhaps watched the movie Enchanted April one too many times, and who, on Thursday nights after choir practice, could routinely be found in The Morgue, our name for the cocktail lounge that was closest to the practice room. I still hang with The Altos; in fact, they're probably my closest  friends. (Don't blush too hard. You know who you are.) And it all happened because we share a love for choral music, particularly music that was written as part of the Catholic liturgy.

So today is Good Friday, and if that doesn't get a liturgical freak excited, nothing will. There's a rich history of song and text and ritual that is associated with this day. Given all that, it didn't seem appropriate to post one of our normal somewhat irreverent and (usually) funny videos. Instead, Noni and I each picked an example of music that is a necessary part of Good Friday. You know how you all have songs or bands that are inextricably linked to certain situations? Like, it's not a day at the beach without a little Van Halen or the Red Hot Chili Peppers or, geez, I don't even know what the kids these days would listen to on the beach. Anyway, you get the idea. 

First, here's an arrangement of the Stabat Mater by Guisseppe Tartini (1692 - 1770), a poem which is a long and somewhat Gothic take on what Mary might have said while her son Jesus was hanging on the cross. I love singing this piece...in Latin, because the words in English are just too dark. Anyway, this is hands down my favorite Good Friday piece.


And from Noni, with love, is this piece by Antonio Lotti (1667 - 1740). It's called Crucifixus, and this setting is for six voices (I think). He wrote different arrangements of this same text for five, six, eight and ten voices (meaning vocal parts). This one is my favorite, and it's performed by the choral ensemble Noni used to sing with before she moved to Seattle and became one of the Enchanted Altos.

However you choose to celebrate Easter and the beginning of spring, whether it's a sunrise service or some quality time in the garden, I wish you the very best in this season of new life and hope.
Peace,
Liv

10 comments:

The Freewaydiva said...

*blush*, Yes, and Yes. ;)

Also, new to my "It's not Easter Without It" rep list:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md4HB96MY-U

Liv said...

Thanks T! And y'all should check out The Freewaydiva's link. She's in the club.
;)

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Laird Sapir said...

Beautiful! Lovely post, Liv. Thank you for the music!

Liv said...

Welcome, May. I've followed you too, and look forward getting to know you better.
Thanks!

Liv said...

Thanks Laird. Happy Easter!

Ann Cory said...

Gorgeous music selection - thank you for sharing :) Will check out The Freewaydiva's link too!

Happy Easter!

Liv said...

Thanks Ann! I hope you have a lovely Easter.

Suzanne Stengl said...

thank you for the music. It's timeless. Like a string that yanks me right back to my childhood and listening to Latin masses.

Happy Easter!

Liv said...

Suzanne - I'm just old enough that I don't remember going to church before Vatican 2, so all I know is the English service. The Latin Mass is making a comeback in places, though, and I'd love to participate in one. Thanks for the blog follow, and I'm glad you liked the post.