A previously well known and loved German teacher and composer of the 18th century, Gottfried August Homilius’ (1714-1785) setting of the "Our Father" – more commonly referred to as the "Lord's Prayer"– reflects some of the chief aims of music during the Baroque Period: touch the listener’s heart and move their affections. Composed in 1776, “Unser Vater in dem Himmel” contains expressive music and lovely melodies. Alongside these, expressive text-setting achieves elevation of the sacred text by plumbing the depths of its meaning and calling to mind its context. Homilius' dramatic musical setting brings a richness to the well-known text while urging the listener, or singer, to consider its meaning. The "Our Father" is made more enjoyable alongside the music of “Unser Vater in dem Himmel.” To separate the music and text is possible, but each would lose an ally.
Wind quintet (consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon) has been a favored ensemble of composers for centuries. Throughout the semester, these four students have been working on pieces for such an ensemble. During this session the presenters’ compositions will be performed live.