Last night we dug out Holst's Hymn quite a bit. I've never sung this-- I don't think anyone in the group has-- and it's an odd and complicated but ultimately (I can tell) glorious piece. We're back in the double chorus formation that became so familiar when we sang Poulenc's Figure Humaine in November. There's also a semichorus of three-part treble voices-- on that, we're going to be joined by a group from the Boston City Singers, a local children's chorus. So in rehearsal at this early stage the piece can seem sort of fractured as the three groups listen to each other and learn their music. In the end, though, it's going to wonderful. The piece is written on Apocryphal Gospels with mystical texts, and the mysticism is all over the music too.
Next week, we're having our Christmas party, which is awesome, but about as Christmasy as Coro gets. If you're craving Christmas choral music, be sure to check out the GBCC events site. There are still lots of cool concerts going on to get you in the spirit.