Mendelssohn, in bringing this God down to earth, participated in the romantic artists’ urge for contact with the sublime, the supra-earthly, the larger than life, his sublime music celebrating that ineffable moment of contact.
Peregrinus expectavi, Pedes meos in cymbalis: Prokofiev arranges these words, borrowed or not, and sets them to music to create something new and evocative.
Prokofiev’s Nevsky cantata expresses in music and text the Russians’ attachment to its country’s rivers as well as its lakes as markers of history and cultural identity.
As long as notes stay on the page they are nothing but inarticulate marks. The composer needs us to make his music a real tangible thing; and each time a piece is sung it is a new composition