In Something I Felix
Heard It With Our Ears
Seen It With Our Eyes
Read It With our Hearts
These are sciences as well. But his time we honor three individuals who, along with their own accomplishments, recognized genius in the work of others and preserved it for us.
“Don’t call Bach merely by his name, which means brook; he should be called an Ocean!” Ludwig van Beethoven once said.
1823—a fourteen year-old asks for a transcription of the Passion of St. Matthew as a present from his grandmother, Babette Solomon.
As a twenty year-old composer and conductor he insists on a new production of the Passion despite resistance from various quarters. The work is widely held to be unstageable; Bach’s music thought to be too complex or unsuitable for general consumption. Bach is scarcely a part of the music scene of that era.
With the production of the Passion of St Matthew on March 11th, 1829, one of the most spectacular rejuvenations in the history of music was realized.
We honor Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
Something more from within
sounds of voices or of instruments
a song promenades walking on it hands
footloose inside you
a melody recounts to you its language of passion
all of it in the original yet without making a sound
only in your head in your recollection
Your power of recall can summon up all the
joy or suffering
you heard within – your ear perceived
a consoling body unclad
to clothe you with itself
thus, is music touch
achieving stillness while all is in motion
and putting everything in motion when all is still
it enters and resonates
and in its company the possibilities are limitless