Now, I know GCCS tend to favour Dram on Woodlands Road, but that’s not the kind of bar I’m interested in here, nooooooo…. I mean THIS kind of bar…
…which is actually Bar 43 of Lauridsen’s “O magnum mysterium”.
So why is this one so special to me? Well, it is the second of 2 bars (the other being Bar 39) where the harmony slips momentarily into a parallel universe, where everything is very close, but never touching…. a bit like this:
It is both agonising and exquisite – and I would recommend you give it a listen, preferably with at least a few bars either side, to give it some context! And as coincidence would have it, we will be singing this bar, bar 39 and a good few more, in our Christmas concert on the 12th December, so come along and see if you can spot it!
After the Christmas concert, I’ll be looking at favourite Bars in Handel’s Messiah, but if you have a favourite bar that you’d like to share with us, please get in touch. I’m looking forward to checking out your recommendations!