In this time of isolation and uncertainty, I found myself rethinking all the ways that music had come to move my life these past few years. As routine responsibilities of working life fell away, what subsisted was the joy I'd had making music with all of you. As the music ministry, we consider it our duty to remember these worshipful moments and to continue making music that we can share with one another. We will be doing this every week as part of our Worshipful Moments Series.
Today's worshipful moment is a setting of Luke 24:29 by a German composer Joseph Rheinberger. Abendlied (Evening Song) is a 6-part motet that depicts the Appearance on the road to Emmaus. Rheinberger wrote this version at the age of 15, one month before Easter. The original German text that was used for the piece is:
Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, und der Tag hat sich geneiget,
Which can be roughly translated as: Bide with us, for evening shadows darken, and the day will soon be over.
The performers in this recording are Sarah Forestieri (soprano), Amelia DePiero (soprano), Christa Harvison (alto), William Salinas-Crosby (tenor), Cam Martin (tenor), Johnathon Kirby (bass).
Please feel free to share your thoughts, as well as your own worshipful moments! Thank you for listening, and hope to hear from all of you.
Bide with us, for evening shadows darken, And the day will soon be over, soon be over, O bide with us, for evening shadows darken.