Je ne cuit pas

As part of this week’s Lenten series on saintly figures, this week’s features Simone Weil, most of the musical selections are French in her honor. The composer of this piece, Guillaume de Machaut, lived approximately 1300-1377 and wrote some of the earliest know true polyphony. To modern ears, his music is stark and sometimes uncompromising (often different parts of the counterpoint were in perfect relationship to a longer note melody–the cantus firmus–but not to each other). I wonder how his music sounded to ear of his time when prior to him they only knew single line music or music which paralleled a single line.

Feuilles Volantes #1 – Duparc

Today’s example of French music in honor of Simone Weil, the saintly figure of center of this coming 4th Sunday of Lent service is Feuilles Volantes #1 by Henri Duparc. He’s best known for his songs. Here’s an example sung by Measha Bruggergosman, Chanson triste:. The following video is the first of a set of short piano pieces by Duparc, all very intimate.

Prière des orgues

This coming 4th Sunday of Lent the saintly figure around whom the service is centered is Simone Weil, so as you might expect the music will be all French. The composer for this morning’s post is Erik Satie. Many people have heard his Gymnopédies. A few have heard his Gnossiennes but may not know their names. But, very few know his Messe des pauvres (Mass for the Poor), As mesmerizing as Satie’s more well-known works are, the Prière des orgues (Organ Prayer) is mesmerizing in an entirely different way, and entirely different emotion, one for which I cannot find an adequate word. This recording is from my organ CD of long ago, “Time Grown Old.”

Ubi Caritas

Another in a lead-up to Valentine’s Day. This piece is part of the set, “Roma,” from my album CANTUS. The translation of the text of the chant can be found at

Basse et Dessus de Trompette – Clérambault

Because we’re moving to a different format of Sunday services that is part online part in-persons (which is outdoors at present) and that follows a more traditional service order, unlike our older Corona Sabbath posts which had its own unique form, The new form requires more videos a week and I’m posting the ones for the coming Sunday service throughout the week prior to each Sunday. Occasionally, some of these videos are much older–such as this one–but most, like the ones the last few days and tomorrow, are brand new. Eventually, they will be all new ones.

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