“Three Folk Hymns” at UC San Diego

The superb duo of soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman will perform my Three Folk Hymns at UC San Diego on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 pm. The program also includes music by Kurtág, Schumann, and Zemlinsky.

Three Folk Hymns includes pieces based on “What Wondrous Love is This?”, “Be Thou My Vision”, and “How Can I Keep From Singing?”. (Read this post written at the time of the premiere by Suzanne Rigden.) You might say it is a sequel to my 1989 set of Three Sacred Songs, works based on ancient chant melodies, with Latin texts. “How Can I…” existed as an individual song for some time; later I experimented with including it in a larger set of five songs in both Latin and English, but I think I have now settled on putting just these three songs together as a set (though they may be performed individually).

I treasure Susan as a long-time advocate for my music, evidenced by her fantastic work on my Bridge cd Sacred Songs, with the 21st Century Consort conducted by Christopher Kendall. Here are a few samples from that album:

Scores for the Three Folk Hymns are available directly from me: jamesprimosch at gmail dot com

(Narucki & Berman photo: Richard Bowditch)

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