Melinda Coffey Armstead, piano & organ
Prelude to Worship
Prelude in G-sharp minor Op. 32 No. 12 . . . Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Ballade III in A-flat major Op. 47 . . . Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849
Prelude in A-flat major Op. 28 No. 17 . . . F. Chopin
Fugue XVII in A-flat major from WTC I . . . J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Even after all this time
the sun never says to the earth,
“You owe me”.
Look what happens with a love like that.
It lights the whole sky.
Like Chopin, I believe that music is a language that expresses the inexpressible. Chopin loathed the assignment of descriptive titles to his pieces, known as “program music”, in contrast to his contemporaries and publishers. However, we (Frédéric and I) agree that music may suggest feelings, sensations and states of mind. I propose listening to the three pieces (by Rachmaninoff and Chopin) which accompany today’s theme of Friendship and Romantic Love as a narrative arc: