The composer of our postlude, Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751), was a rare bird for his day. Rather than becoming a court composer or a church musician, he preferred to be an independent composer. It is important to note that, until the Romantic period, musicians generally served a monarch or the church, or both. Albinoni, as opposed to Vivaldi, is widely known for his tragic and beautiful Adagio. This piece captures a sad and melancholic beauty, but we will hear a different side of this composer on Sunday. In the Trumpet Finale, you will hear Albinoni’s joyful and exuberant side. Set at an upbeat tempo and ornamented with dazzling trills, this trumpet piece will be played on our Trompette en Chamade (our horizontal trumpet mounted above the rear balcony).
So, as you attend our beautiful Cathedral Church this Sunday, come ready for musical moments that help us see things differently. During our musical selections, try to think of a prayer, spiritual thought, or an idea, and let the music focus your thoughts on a beautiful moment. Whether it’s Vivaldi, Handel, or Albinoni, this music should help you feel the beauty all around us this Third Sunday of Easter.