When I’m not making the world a better place, one technology event at a time, I’m often found singing with this charming and passionate group. Our spring season held some wonderful and complex music and this piece was my favorite. Friede auf Erden, op. 13 by Arnold Schönberg is a work whose difficulty is essentially fabled. It’s hard to comprehend and hard to sing, but to say it’s worth more than a single listen is a complete understatement.
The first listen can really be surprising and, if I’m honest, somewhat grating. When I first sang it, I didn’t enjoy it. But as you hear it a second time the harmonies seem to settle in your ears. On the third listen, you realize that the bass sound is wonderfully smooth and their line comfortingly steadfast in its way. A fourth listen you realize that this is an expression of struggle bookended by hope and peace on either side.
My time with this group is a privilege and a joy. I hope they have me back for many seasons to come. And I hope you continue to listen to us as we go. 🙂