Melinda Coffey Armstead, piano & keyboard
Prelude to Worship
Fugue in C# Major, Well-Tempered Clavier Book I . . . J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Chorale: Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele . . . Johann Crüger, 1649; har. by J. S. Bach
Deck thyself with joy and gladness, leave behind all gloom and sadness;
Come into the daylight’s splendor, there with joy Thy praises render
Unto Him whose grace unbounded hath this wondrous banquet founded;
High o’er all the heavens He reigneth, yet to dwell with thee, He deigneth.
La fille aux cheveux de lin . . . Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
For the Bread Which You Have Broken . . . L. Benson/John Stainer, 1887
For the bread which You have broken, for the wine which You have poured,
For the words which You have spoken, now we give You thanks, O Lord.
Prelude in C# Major, Well-Tempered Clavier Book I . . . J. S. Bach
Once, in the cool blue middle of a lake,
up to my neck in that most precious element of all,
I found a pale-gray, curled-upwards pigeon feather
floating on the tension of the water
at the very instant when a dragonfly,
like a blue-green iridescent bobby pin,
hovered over it, then lit, and rested.
I mention this in the same way
that I fold the corner of a page
in certain library books,
so that the next reader will know
where to look for the good parts.
– Tony Hoagland