Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Tune in to Composer Talk, July 28, 4:30 to 7:00 PM CT
We'll be playing and discussing Leoš Janáček's Glagolitic Mass and two arias from Philip Glass' opera Akhnaten. Both of pieces use what you might call a "dead" language for their texts. Old Church Slavonic for the Janacek, ancient Egyptian for the Glass (although English or the language of the opera's audience is used in Akhnaten's "Hymn to the Sun.")
If you're not familiar with Glagolitic Mass, you might not recognize its individual movements as a setting of the Ordinary of the Mass, as the music is very idiosyncratic, even at times bizarre, and the language strange and unfamiliar to 21st century ears.
I Uvod (Introduction)
II Gospodi pomiluj (Kyrie)
III Slava (Gloria)
IV Veruju (Credo
V Svet (Sanctus)
VI Agnece Bozij (Angus Dei)
VII Allergo (Organ solo)
English, or the language of the opera's audience, is used to great dramatic effect in Akhnaten's aria "Hymn to the Sun," which occurs in Akhnaten's second act and is a central moment of the opera.
Posted by Chris Becker at 10:24 AM