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Bach's St. Matthew Passion
Erich Leinsdorf conducts the Rochester Philharmonic in a performance of the first part of Bach's St. Matthew Passion. A brief introduction is given.
A series of lectures by Erik Routley on the history of hymns. Beginning with the early church, the discussions follow chronologically to the end of the nineteenth century with gospel songs and spirituals.
Lecture on Heinrich Schutz, stressing Schutz's importance in applying Italian polychoral style and dramatic monody to German church music; motets from Schutz's Symphoniae Sacrae.
Gospel, Jazz, Blues, and Rock
Explains how an underground code of African slaves blossomed into the samba, rumba, and calypso.
Mahalia Jackson Discusses "Movin' on Up"
Interview with the great gospel singer, who describes her strong faith and the songs she sings that reinforce her faith.
Michael Barclay Lectures on the Requiem Mass by Verdi
This work, written as a tribute to one of Italy's patriots, is more operatic in feeling than sacred. Though its first performance was in a church, it is, for the most part, performed in concert halls today.
New World Choristers
Choral music by American and Chilean composers.
History of the oratorio, from its beginnings in the sixteenth century to its present-day form. Includes musical examples from Jephte by Carissimi, Judas Maccabaeus by Handel, and Haydn's oratorio Creation.
Discussion concerning the importance of the Psalms in the history of Western music. Examples played include choral music by Palestrina, Handel, Gluck, Franck, and Liszt.
Rev. Brewster, Gospel Music
Gospel music composer W. Herbert Brewster is interviewed on National Public Radio's Horizons series. His most famous song, "Move on Up a Little Higher," helped launch the career of Mahalia Jackson.
Thanksgiving thoughts and gratitudes. Music includes Charles Ives's Thanksgiving.
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Posted on 2010-08-25