May 28, 2020 - 3:50 PM
Music From Home: Kent Tritle
0 CommentsDirector of Music Kent Tritle plays J. S. Bach's Toccata in F Major, BWV 540. Of the piece, Mr. Tritle says, "This one of Bach's most virtuosic pieces. The opening features a spectacular pedal cadenza that goes up to a famously treacherous high F on the pedalboard. After the descent from that high F the piece is launched, and a joyous dance it is!"
May 13, 2020 - 10:44 AM
Music from Home: Halley Gilbert
1 Comment"Alleluia" from Exsultate, jubilate - W.A. Mozart featuring Cathedral Choir member Halley Gilbert, soprano. We share this in loving memory of Vincent Lionti, the violist in this video, who died in April of COVID-19. Halley Gilbert, sopranoTanya Witek, flute
May 12, 2020 - 3:33 PM
Music From Home: Cathedral Choristers
0 CommentsThe Cathedral Choristers continue to meet and sing while The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine and Cathedral buildings are closed. For today's service, they recorded Dona Nobis Pacem, which translates to "grant us peace."
May 5, 2020 - 9:41 AM
Music From Home: Christina Kay and Raymond Nagem
1 CommentChristina Kay, soprano, with Raymond Nagem, piano perform Mozart's "Laudamus te" from the Mass in C Minor. Christina and Ray work in our music department together where Christina is an administrator and Ray is the associate director of music.
April 29, 2020 - 5:07 PM
Music From Home: Peter Stewart
0 Comments"The Stammerer" by Karl Kramer, featuring Peter Stewart and SONYC (String Orchestra of NYC). The piece is about Notker of Gallen, who was important to the development of western musical notation. He wrote much profound spiritual poetry, which he set to chants, believing that he could remember the tunes better if he set words to them. He also wrote the first biography of Charlemagne. He also had a debilitating stutter. In this piece, he sings of his devotion and the meaning of the contemplative life. Then, he tries to engage with the secular world, and is completel...
April 29, 2020 - 4:29 PM
Music From Home: Amy Justman
1 CommentSoprano Amy Justman sings "St. Ita's Vision," from Hermit Songs by Samuel Barber. Barber described Hermit Songs this way: "They are settings of anonymous Irish texts of the eighth to thirteenth centuries written by monks and scholars, often on the margins of manuscripts they were copying or illuminating—perhaps not always meant to be seen ... They are small poems, thoughts or observations, some very short, and speak in straightforward, droll, and often surprisingly modern terms of the simple life these people led, close to nature, to animals, and to God."
April 29, 2020 - 4:25 PM
Music From Home: Lianne Coble-Dispensa
1 Comment"Migratory V" by Adam Guettel sung by Lianne Coble-Dispensa "We sail above the weather We search the ocean floor. We rival our creation, Still yearning for more. But can we fly together- A migratory V? How wonderful if that's what God could see. A single voice in whispered prayer Can only pray to travel there. But all as one, We sound the everlasting sound And sing our salvation. Aloft and in formation, A migratory V. How wonderful if that's what God could see. Aloft and in...
April 29, 2020 - 4:22 PM
Music From Home: Kent Tritle, Praeludium in E Major, BuxWV 141
1 CommentDuring this temporary closure, Director of Music Kent Tritle has been using the organ at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge, New York to provide music for our Sunday services, including this performance of Dietrich Buxtehude's "Praeludium in E Major, BuxWV 141."
April 20, 2020 - 3:01 PM
Music From Home: César Franck, "Hear my cry, O God"
1 CommentChristina Kay, soprano, and Jie Yi, piano, who work together as administrators in our music department, came together to record this beautiful setting of Psalm 61 by César Franck. Of the work, Christina wrote, "Franck's setting of Psalm 61 is a simple prayer of faith, reminding God's people that he is their 'shelter' and 'strong tower' when the...
April 17, 2020 - 10:18 AM
Wayfaring Stranger sung by Katie Geissinger
10 CommentsCathedral Choir member Katie Geissinger sings Wayfaring Stranger in the "cathedral of Central Park." Katie chose the piece in part because "mingling of melancholy and hope matches my mood right now" and we have to agree. Please enjoy this beautiful a cappella performance from Katie!