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Bonhoeffer - A choral-theater work by Thomas Lloyd - excerpt I - Donald Nally, The Crossing

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Published on Sep 7, 2013

Meditation (Sometimes we are reminded) and Scene (Finkenwalde) from
Bonhoeffer -- A Choral-Theater work by Thomas Lloyd
performed by
The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally (www.crossingchoir.com)
with Tim Early, dancer; Guillaume Combet, violin; Ulrich Boeckheler, cello; John Andrew Bailey, piano

The meditation sets a text by Dietrich Bonhoeffer from his Letters and Papers from Prison (pp. 149-150 in The Enlarged Edition, © SCM Press Ltd 1971, Used by permission.) The music is based on the hymn tune Die Güldne Sonne (Ebeling/Gerhardt, Public Domain), a favorite of Bonhoeffer's.

The excerpt from the first part of the Finkenwalde scene recreates a seminary class of the kind described in Bonhoeffer's Life Together. The men listen to a short passage from one of the many recordings of African-American spirituals Bonhoeffer brought back from his year in Harlem (Paul Robeson singing Lawrence Brown's arrangement of "Sometimes I feel like a motherless child," Fair Use quotation from The Complete EMI Sessions), followed by an original setting of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12), which were the basis of Bonhoeffer's seminal work, The Cost of Discipleship.

recorded in rehearsal by Joe Hannigan for Weston Sound
on March 9, 2013 at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral;
for further information about this work: tlloyd@haverford.edu

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