Music club studies Bach

Published 8:05 am Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Music Study Club met on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Sanctuary of the Trinity Episcopal Church.  The President, Cloyde Williams, welcomed the members and guests. He turned the meeting over to the Prospectus Chairman, Dr. Mary Hansard, who in turn gave a brief synopsis of the background of Rebecca Lee, M.M., organist, who presented a beautiful and most enjoyable program.

Mrs. Lee’s program consisted of the following: Toccata in F Major – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750; the monumental Toccata with a canon (or round) followed by a pedal solo on the same theme, a process which is repeated in the dominant key.  Following the second pedal solo, a new arpeggiated theme is introduced.  The remainder of the Toccata makes use of both of these themes. Two Settings of Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland. “Come, Savior of the Nations, Come” by J. S. Bach, and a brilliant Toccata in the hands with the feet playing the melody, by Paul Manz, a contemporary American composer. Variations on “Ei du feiner Reiter” – Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654), a set of variations written for manuals were based on secular folk song “Hail Thou Noble Knight”. Carillon de Westminster – Louis Vierne (1870-1937).  Vierne was a blind organist of Notre Dame Cathedral who wrote symphonic music for the organ. This beautiful program was enjoyed by all.

During the brief business meeting, Eloise Harris read the minutes of the previous meeting, and Betty Baxley gave the treasurer’s report.

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The president welcomed a new member, Paula Parr. Stephanie Hoggle, who is the “outside Liaison” for Tombigbee Healthcare Authority, working with Chrissy Brooker of Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital.  She said she is always available to offer her services. She told of the many services that are now available. The Behavioral Clinic, the  Sleep Disorder Clinic or Sleep Apnea,  Home Health, and many other Outpatient services. She said she would be available to speak to any club or civic organization at any time.

The president announced that the Music Study Club would not meet in December, and the next meeting will be o January 12 at the First Presbyterian Church. Delicious refreshments and fellowship were enjoyed in the Parish Hall. Hostesses were Linda Burnham, Elaine Carr, Karen Davidson, Linde McAdams and Betty McCormick.