So, this week my favourite bars are 4, 5 and 6 of “Since By Man Came Death”.
Looking at the lyrics, you may be forgiven for thinking that this is a bit on the gloomy side, but wait! Let’s look at the notes….. Bar 4 sees the beginning of a melody that tiptoes ever so slowly…ever so softly upward out of the darkness, through some strange harmonies, until bar 6 where it reaches a melancholy A minor….BUT then the Altos and Tenors provide a slow and elegant pirouette, transforming everything into the most gentle E major chord. It might look something like this:
Dance of the Moth – Paul Klee 1923
Apprehension of a moment of change – loss and longing, then tender new life. All in 3 tiny bars! Why not give them a listen and see if you agree with me? And if you come along on the 2nd January, you’ll get to hear what happens next, too!