By Dr. Steven Seigart
Director of Music/Organist
—Antonio Pampani (c. 1705–1775)
Played on the Erben organ
Be Thou My Vision
—Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)
Sung by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text attributed to Saint Dallan (6th century), translated by Eleanor Hull
Suzanne Karpov Seigart, soprano
March from Athalia, op. 74
—Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847), transcribed by Wilbur Held (1914–2015)
Music from Italy, Germany and the UK makes its way into our service today: First, a short “siciliana” (a lilting, slow dance from Sicily) by Venetian-born composer Antonio Pampani. Like his sometimes-teacher, sometimes-rival Vivaldi, he wrote operas, oratorios, orchestral pieces, and concerti, but he is often overshadowed by his mentor.
Secondly, the anthem is a beautiful new musical setting of the familiar Irish text “Be thou my vision,” (#450 in the hymnal) set by former King’s Singers tenor Bob Chilcott; and lastly, Mendelssohn’s follow-up to his famous “Wedding March,” the so-called “War March of the Priests” from the incidental music for Jean Racine’s play Athalia (written at age 17!).
Don’t forget to record a video of you and your family singing along to the “Amen” response at the end of the service! Find out more at opmh.org/amen.