During the Offering at Pender UMC’s Traditional Service on January 9, 2022, we were treated to Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique played by Liz Eunji Sellers .
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Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique, was written in 1798 when the composer was 27 years old, and was published in 1799. It has remained one of his most celebrated compositions.Beethoven dedicated the work to his friend Prince Karl von Lichnowsky. Although commonly thought to be one of the few works to be named by the composer himself, it was actually named Grande sonate pathétique (to Beethoven’s liking) by the publisher, who was impressed by the sonata’s tragic sonorities.
Liz played the second movement – Adagio cantabile (above)
This movement exemplifies the expressive Adagio style of many slow movements in the classical period. The famous cantabile melody is played three times, always in A♭ major, separated by two modulating episodes; the movement is thus a simple rondo rather than the sonata form more common for movements of this seriousness. The first episode is set in F minor (the relative minor of A♭ major), further modulating to E♭ major before returning to the main theme. The second episode begins in A♭ minor and modulates to E major. With the final return of the main theme, the accompaniment becomes richer and takes on the triplet rhythm of the second episode. There is a brief coda.
From RevKev, Pender UMC’s Former Associate Pastor – “As it was, so it is, Christmas about Jesus. We are all distracted by the glitz and festivities, but let us hear the sound of Angels and the call to worship our Newborn King.
Just in time for Christmas, a gift from God to you: A baby in a manger who would love us through and through..”
Every Palm Sunday, without fail, my father’s church choir in Connecticut sang this. I still know it nearly by heart.
This hymn for Palm Sunday was originally written in French as “Les rameaux” originally published in 1864 by French art collector, operatic baritone and composer Jean-Baptiste Fauré (1830–1914).
Jean-Baptiste Fauré should not be confused with French composer, organist, pianist and teacher Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) who composed a world-famous Requiem and other works.
An early English translation “Palm-Branches” was published by Oliver Ditson Co., Boston in “Gems of English Song” 1875. A number of other English translations have been made, and it has proved surprisingly difficult to identify the translators. One version is sometimes credited to Harrison Millard (1830-1895) – but other sources say he was simply an arranger.
I think, as a choir, we didn’t sound quite this good
Other Palm Sunday Music:
We are singing this at the Pender Contemporary Service this morning at 11:15:
We are singing this at Pender this year at the 9:00 traditional service, but without quite as much ceremony, and in English
This looks like fun – “Jerusalem, lift up your gates and sing!” Hosanna in the Highest to your King! Note that one person is playing a duet with himself.
Join us for some Fall Fun! Activities to include pumpkin carving, a pumpkin contest, and a costume contest!
Please bring your own pumpkin! We will provide carving tools and trash bags and cleanup stations!
Costumes are encouraged!
We will keep you safe while enjoying time together. Masks are required. Upon arrival, you will check in, answer some quick health check questions and be given your designated space for your family so that you can be safely social distanced from others.
Reminders and more details will be sent 2 days prior to this event.
Although a signup is required, this is a free event.
Pender UMC is at 12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA US 22033
You’re invited to a musical celebration of God’s gift of eternal light! The Pender UMC music ministry presents “The Promise of Light”, a cantata (narrative piece of music) composed by Joel Raney. The piece includes Christmas carols and original choral music blended with narration, piano, handbell, and percussion, to tell the timeless story of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.
The production will take place during Pender’s only Sunday worship service on December 9, at 10 a.m. Stay for a delicious brunch after worship!
No RSVP required; all are welcome. Childcare will be available during worship for ages birth through 6th grade.