It must be somewhere, the original harmony, somewhere in great nature, hidden. Is it in the furious infinite, in distant stars’ orbits, is it in the sun’s scorn, in a tiny flower, in treegossip, in heartmusic’s mothersong or in tears? It must be somewhere, immortality, somewhere the original harmony must be found: how else could it infuse the human soul, that music?
The Sanctuary Choir will sing a setting of this poem by the Estonian poet Juhan Liiv (1864-1913) on Music Sunday (March 19). Liiv struggled with mental illness in adulthood and his works were in the main ignored, save for his story “The Shadow” and a collection of poems published in 1909. He is now regarded as one of the finest Estonian poets.
Other music you will hear on Sunday: a lovely setting of “Shenandoah” by Geoff Wadsworth for the Flute Choir; “Asturias” by Isaac Albéniz as danced by CreationDance; and the sublime “Dona nobis pacem” from Bach’s Mass in B minor for chorus and orchestra. The service is titled “When Love and Strength Are United”, but sneaking in there, almost unacknowledged, is just…beauty. Beautiful music, beautiful words. We look forward to sharing it all with you. -Anne Watson Born