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Thursday, November 25, 2010

A TRIBUTE to PAUL WARREN ALLEN ~ Warum ist das licht gegeben dem mühseligen

First
Worked on a project of putting together a video.
Second
Imported it at Youtube.
Third
Youtube compressed the movie and the timing was all off. So, I didn't make the video "public".
Fourth
I tried to rework the video seven times to correct this, then upload at Youtube. But, the timing was only wrong after uploading to Youtube, which made the corrections a calculation game at best and a guessing game at worst.
Fifth
Surrendered and made the final upload "public" even though the work of trying to coordinate text, transition placements and singing was not evident at Youtube.

Then days later, my project in the software program was no longer coordinated because I had been changing it, guessing at how to make it come out right at Youtube. But then, I had the idea to try to upload it at Facebook to see if the timing would come out how I had created it in the first place. But I had to retrieve old versions in Quick Time formats and splice them together, then downgrade the quality in order to downsize it below 1 GB, which is a Facebook requirement (Youtube's requirement is 2GB). I know it is hard to follow...but in the end, the Facebook upload came out with the timing correct. So I post it here.
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North Central College Choir ~ 1968
12:52

Warum ist das licht gegeben dem mühseligen (opus 74, 1877)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), op. 74 no. 1 (1877) [satb], from Zwei Motetten, no. 1.

Other songs from the record uploaded are
"DICHTERLIEBE" ~ "Art Songs" Robert Schumann
www.facebook.com/video
"The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee" by Jean Berger
www.youtube
"I Am the True Vine", arranged by Salli Terri
www.youtube
"It's May", Robert Schumann's "Art Song"
www.youtube

Source of the following is
www.cantate-choir.info/ProgrammeNotes/Brahms-WarumIstDasLichtGegeben

The imposing opening Adagio (in D minor) of this motet, is punctuated four times by the urgent cry of Warum? (wherefore?). The following sections are in flowing cannon form with a 'warm F major glow' reflecting the text. It ends with a nunc dimittis in chorale form.

About the composer
Johannes Brahms was born 7th of May in 1833 in Hamburg, Germany
Bio:
www.johannesbrahms.org/JBbio.htm
and more at www.johannesbrahms.org

Johannes Brahms - (7 May 1833 in Hamburg, Germany to 3 April 1897 in Vienna, Austria)

Brahms studied piano from the age of seven and composition from thirteen. He had a lifelong interest in early music and amongst his generation he was without equal in sophisticated contrapuntal technique. He did not enjoy a meeting of minds with composers of the New German School, but his artistic kinship with Robert Schumann and his passion and veneration for Clara Schumann are well known influences on his life. Whether or not Brahms was a believer, he whole-heartedly accepted the Christain ethic and admired and embraced the literature and poetry of the Bible. His background was North German Lutheran Protestant. This inheritance gave to his choral music 'a noble human consolation' and air of hope.

His musical style was of the romantic school; his nature was introspective, reserved, logical and studious. Musicologists point to the essence of all these influences being demonstrated in the a capella motets spread over thirty years, and in his other sacred music, but most especially in the German Requiem.

Warum ist das licht gegeben dem mühseligen (opus 74, 1877)

Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; which long for death but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hidden treasures; which rejoice exceedingly and are glad, when they can find the grave? Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in? (Job 3, 20-23)

Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens (Lamentations 3, 41)

Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy. (James 5, 11)

With peace and joy I go forth in the will of God, my heart and mind are comforted, gentle and still. As God has promised me, death but becomes sleep to me. (Martin Luther - 1524)

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