Spring is Here #1215
…whether in pagan ritual, songs of sunshine, spiritual revival or April showers, we enjoy the sweet music…and breezes…of springtime music.
Filler – RUBE BLOOM (see above)
Filler – VAN HEUSEN (see above)
The selections by Bonnet and Karg-Elert commemorate the centenary of a tragic springtime event that stunned the world 100 years ago, the early morning sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. Legend has it that the hymn "Nearer my God to Thee" was the last piece played onboard by Wallace Hartley’s musicians as the ship, with its many ill-fated passengers, slipped into the Atlantic's icy waters. That text is sung to two different tunes…in England to the melody from 1861 known as Horby by John Dykes, and in the United States (and the rest of the world) to the tune Bethany by Lowell Mason from 1856. By intriguing coincidence, in their memorial tributes, Karg-Elert sets Bethany and Bonnet uses Horby.