Stan Still Jordan- Betty Jackson King
Arrangement of traditional African American spiritual Stan Still Jordan by composer Betty Jackson King. In this arrangement, King writes a circular, chromatic movement of 4ths in the lowest register of the piano. This musical figure emulates the sound of a cotton plow. We decided that as the piece ends, Africa would start louder and decrescendo until the end, while I would start softer and crescendo to the point of almost drowning her out. It’s a compositional reminder that as we perform these spirituals, we must always be aware that they were first sung by enslaved people as a source of refuge and relief. Africa Gray, mezzo-soprano Hannah Comia, piano
Music and Message: February 21, 2021
Our theme for the Spring 2021 semester is “Loss/Renewal”. We will explore the lifelong patterns of hurt and hope, fall and rise, isolation and reunion, death and life. By exploring these rhythms of our existence, participants will explore the yearning for revival in the human experience.