The Mystery of Night: Three Nocturnes by Daniel Elder
May 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
This Sunday, we continue our month-long exploration of mystery with a service of music and poetry focusing on the mystery of night. The Unicantors will present Three Nocturnes, a new choral cycle composed by Daniel Elder (b. 1986). In his notes to the pieces, Elder describes them as an exploration of “observational and psychological experiences associated with love, nature, darkness, and light.” The first piece, “Ballade to the Moon,” is a love song to nature as experienced during a walk through moonlit woods and fields. The second movement, “Star Sonnet,” explores the effect of a lone star in the night sky on its observer, who wonders about the star’s origin and source of its constant light. Elder describes the final piece, “Lullaby,” as “a simple song of reassurance” against fear of the mystery of night. The effect of the three pieces is truly stunning.
If you would like to read the three poems written by Daniel Elder that serve as the texts for the nocturnes, you can find them at the composer’s website at the following link: https://www.danieleldermusic.com/poetry
The music is gorgeous…and challenging! The Unicantors have been working hard in hopes that you will find in the music a way to reflect on the mystery of night and the consolation and companionship it brings to our lives. We hope to see you on Sunday!
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