Saturday, December 8, 2007

Waiting for the King to Come

An afternoon ice storm canceled our Advent Lessons and Carols Evensong last week. I was really looking forward to it, having for years either listened to or sung this service which, for me, marks the beginning of Advent.

In order to salvage all the music we've been preparing since September, Sunday we will do a shortened version of the program. One of my favorites is a new setting for this hymn, which begins:
The King shall come when morning dawns,
And light triumphant breaks;
When beauty gilds the eastern hills,
And life to joy awakes.
The music, by Robert Lind, is both startling and beautiful, with the piano playing a duet, rather than an accompaniment, with the choir. It's got that Advent kind of clear, cold, crisp air and expectancy scaling upwards, reaching towards the Star in East breaking through the dark night.

Listen here (click on "Listen to sample audio").


Grandmère Mimi said...

The music is gorgeous, Karthy. I'm glad you're getting to do, at least, a shortened version of your Lessons and Carols.

You know if the Mad One ever gets hold of Karthy, you will forever be Karthy. I won't tell.

Rowan The Dog said...

I've enjoyed your photos this morning.