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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nearer My God To Thee

The fabulously talented mezzo-soprano Anna Egan gave her Junior Recital yesterday. As it happened to be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, she chose an encore piece that was reputed to be played by the band as the ship sank: Nearer My God To Thee. And since she has a number of siblings who would do anything to oblige her, she was able to get some four-part harmony going on. Alas, the performance video died, but here is an encore of the encore. You know it's at my dad's house because the Christmas tree is still up in April.

(Anna, as faithful readers will know, is the cute one with the curl in the middle of her forehead.)


Catholic Bibliophagist said...

I've never actually heard this song before. So thanks!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Do you know where can I get the sheet music for these 4 parts?

Maria J. said...

Beautiful! The Johnson family fan club approves heartily. In fact, Elaina has picked her favorite of the fab four: Liz.

Have you heard The Piano Guys play this piece for nine cellos: Nearer My God To Thee

MrsDarwin said...

you can purchase the arrangement here. However, that version, which includes a piano line, modulates three times, so we chose to set it in A major (not one of the three original keys). Possibly we could have swung the modulations, but I was stuck with the tenor line, and although I can sing in the basement when I need to, I couldn't reliably hit the low C that was required in the melody of the first verse.

Maria J.,
Liz is everyone's favorite.