A duo of Baroque composers and a tango on this Pentecost Sunday.
From the Italian Baroque, the opening "Allegro non molto" from the summer section of Vivaldi's famed programmatic work "The Four Seasons" begins worship. Violinist Harmony Tucker ushers in the second unofficial weekend of summer with this beloved classic.
From the German Baroque, J.S. Bach's chorale prelude on the 16th century Martin Luther Pentecost hymn "Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist" (Come, God Creator, Holy Ghost) concludes the service. The flurry of notes cascading over the cantus firmus in the pedal symbolizes the rushing wind of the Spirit in Bach's sensitive and exuberant rendering of the text in musical form.
During communion, a setting of the Ralph Vaughan Williams' tune "Down Ampney" by Mark Sedio evokes the rhythms and bluesy tonalities of a tango. Originally for organ solo, Harmony Tucker will take the melody in this elegant and sensual arrangement of a tune commonly paired with the Pentecost text "Come Down, O Love Divine."