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  •  Brahms' "German Requiem." (11+ / 0-)

    I say this because one day in my twenties I was listening to some amazing music on the radio that I couldn't name but knew, just knew I knew.  I was humming along and getting every note right, but I couldn't pull up a name or even a composer.

    When it was over, the radio annoucer informed me it was Brahm's "German Requiem" and I immediately called my organist mother to tell her of my experience and ask, "Why do I know that piece?"

    She replied, "Because we did it at Arlington Avenue Presbyterian Church when you were three and I brought you to every rehearsal."  

    I get tears in my eyes just pondering that.  :-)

    "War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate." ~ Al Cleveland & Marvin Gaye (1970)

    by JBL55 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 08:57:23 AM PDT

    •  That's one of my favorite works of music. (7+ / 0-)

      Back in the early '90s I went to a concert where the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus performed it. The recording they made that week went on to win the Grammy for classical music. I still have the CD. :-)

      There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

      by slksfca on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 09:01:18 AM PDT

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      •  Cool! (6+ / 0-)

        1995?  That album got great reviews, too -- I should check it out.  Thanks for mentioning it!

        My sister sang the whole thing with the Newburyport Choral Society a number of years ago.  When the director said they'd be singing it in English, the purist in her was a little miffed until he explained his reason:

        Requiems had always been written in Latin, but Brahms wrote his in German so that (good Lutheran that he was) it would be in the people's language.  English is the language of the people in Newburyport, Massachusetts, so they would sing it in English to be true to Brahms' intent.

        The whole thing is gorgeous, but those last few measures of "How lovely is thy dwelling place" give me goose bumps just typing this out.

        "War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate." ~ Al Cleveland & Marvin Gaye (1970)

        by JBL55 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 09:24:27 AM PDT

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        •  Yep, that's the recording. (6+ / 0-)

          It was actually recorded in late 1993 (November, IIRC) but the CD wasn't released until sometime in '95. I know because I waited impatiently for it, haunting Tower Records on a regular basis looking for it. :-)

          The first time I ever heard any of the music from the German Requiem was on an old album my mom had of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, singing the first movement in English.

          'How lovely is thy dwelling place' is my favorite part of the piece, though. You're right, it's transcendently lovely.

          There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

          by slksfca on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 09:31:43 AM PDT

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          •  "How lovely" is in our chorus' library. (5+ / 0-)

            I helped do a comprehensive inventory this spring, and when I ran across it I immediately sought out the director and begged her to put it in a program soon.  I've only sung along with it and would love to participate in the creation of that sound!

            "War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate." ~ Al Cleveland & Marvin Gaye (1970)

            by JBL55 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 09:35:49 AM PDT

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