For this Sunday’s prelude, I will play a selection from L’Heures Mystiques (The Mystical Hours) by Léon Boëllmann (1862 - 1897). Boëllmann’s catalogue is largely religious in nature - the title “The Mystical Hours,” for example, is an allusion to the nature of worship. His music is thoughtful and highly emotive, and is considered part of the French Romantic movement.
The piece I have chosen, simply marked Lento, is characterized by the development of a single, brief theme. As the theme is repeated, it is also embellished. Changes in registration (the use of stops) further highlight the music’s development - listen for the use of our chimes this week, which are truly among the most beautiful I have ever heard.
Enjoy the music - and until we meet again, take care and stay well!