Troy Music Study Club concludes season in May

Published 6:25 pm Friday, June 13, 2014

The Troy Music Study Club met for its last meeting of the club year Monday night, May 26, 2014. Mrs. Dovie Cutchen hosted this final meeting in her home.

President Lyndia Dew welcomed members and led the Federation Collect. The Federation Hymn and the “Together We Sing” song led by William Denison and accompanied by Lyra Crapps, were sung by members. The background of the May song, “How Can I Keep From Singing” by Pauline T. and Robert Lowery was presented by Lyndia Dew. June Kendrick, Music in Poetry Chairperson, read Alfred Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade” and discussed its Crimean War setting.

During the business session officers and committee chairmen gave reports. One special report was given by Lyra Crapps who was in charge of National Music Week which was the first week in May. She with President Dew met with Troy Mayor Reeves who signed a Proclamation declaring ‘Music Week”. This was featured in the Troy Messenger. Several club members went to Pike Liberal Arts School and sang with the Kindergarten classes. This was arranged by Amanda Ford and Lyra Crapps.

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Program coordinator, William Denison presented a Choral Music Program featuring Music of the Moravian Church. He gave a brief history of the people and the church of Moraviain in Europe which had its beginning in 1457. The movement spread to the United States in Pennsyvania and Winston-Salem , NC in 1746. The heart of the Moravian Music is vocal sacred music based on hymn text. Club members listened to the following choral works of Moravian Music recorded by Bach Festival Society, performed by the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra: (1) SINGET ihr HIMMEL/SING, O YE HEAVENS by Johann Friedrich Peter (1746-1813). (2) GO, CONGRETATION, GO/ SURELY HE HATH BORN OUR GRIEFS, by John Antes (1740-1811) Members were given a copy of this selection and could sing along. (3) GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, by Christian Gregor (1723-1801), (4) O THE BLESSEDNESS IS GREAT, by Johann Christian Bechler (1784-1857), (5) HOSANNA, by Edward William Leinbach (1823-1901) , (6) O SEND OUT THY LIGHT AND THY TRUTH, by Christian Iganatus Latrobe (1758-1836) was sung by the members with a copy of the music accompanied at the piano by Dr. Denison. In closing Denison stated that the composers of Moravian Music engaged in other things too and that the moravian Church is interesting and has good music.

Troy Music Study Club is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs. Organized in 1905, it will celebrate its 110th birthday next year.