Music Notes – September 23, 2018

Arvo Pärt’s Variations for the Healing of Arinuschka (1977) is an example of the composer’s tintinnabuli style (for another, see our Music Notes – September 9) and is the only such piece that changes character and key halfway through, moving from a spare and sad sound to a joyful and brighter (A major) conclusion.

The spiritual “Hush! Somebody’s Callin’ My Name” is an arrangement by Brazeal Dennard, who cleverly emphasizes the shushing sound at the end of the word “hush” in the song’s refrain. “Chinese Proverb,” a restatement of words attributed to Lao-tse, is by an unknown “S. Durant,” who gave a manuscript of the song to composer Ysaye Barnwell, who in turn shared it with the Rev. Jason Shelton, whose arrangement we sing today.