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.