Sunday, November 07, 2004

Duets! Performed by Martha and Chrissy Young

Martha Beights Young has enjoyed singing ever since grade school at Holy Cross. She toured Europe as a choir and orchestra member with the performing group “Sounds of Hope” and has faithfully served in church choirs since 1977. “Martie” currently sings with the St. Paul’s Adult Choir, the “Schola Cantorum” at Concordia Seminary, the “Bach Collegium” choir and is a soloist on the Lutheran TV ministry program, “Worship for Shut-Ins.”

Chrissy Young from early on as a toddler was destined to be a singer. She possessed an incredible sense of pitch as she sang along with her lullaby tapes from her crib at night. It was just the beginning of her journey into the world of choirs, solo spots, and musicals. Chrissy is a 2004 graduate of CLHS and attends DePauw University where she is studying vocal performance. For two years Chrissy and I have had the joy and honor of singing together for Sunday worship services at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, entertaining the elderly in nursing homes and supporting each other in our endeavor of serving our Lord.

The King of Love – Felix Mendelssohn, This duet is based on the familiar hymn in the blue hymnal by Felix Mendelssohn. In 1961, Carl Fredrickson arranged this hymn into a beautiful duet that we sing on Good Shepherd Sunday (second Sunday in May) every year at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

The Peace of GodJohn Rutter, Rutter is an English composer still alive today. He wrote this piece as a benediction to be sung at the end of a church service or at a wedding. We have performed this piece at many weddings and also during church.

Pie Jesu – Andrew Lloyd Webber, Webber is another English composer still alive today. Pie Jesu is the best known song from his Requiem and even made it to Britain’s Top Ten. He wrote this Requiem Mass in memory of his father who played a very important role in his life. We have not performed this song in public because it is not appropriate in our church setting.

I waited for the LordFelix Mendelssohn, Another beautiful piece by Mendelssohn, this duet talks about how we wait for the Lord’s coming; he hears our complaints; but blessed are they who fear and trust in the Lord. We perform this duet on the last Sunday of the church year before Advent begins.

The Flower Duet – Leo Delibes, This duet comes from the opera Lakme by Delibes. It is supposed to be sung in French but we decided to sing it on an “ah” to show off the beauty of the piece.

God So Loved the World – John Stainer, This piece is based on the Bible verse John 3:16-17 and we sing it for church during the Lenten season. It is a beautiful duet written by yet another great English composer.

Laudate Dominum – W.A. Mozart, This duet comes from Mozart’s Vespers (Vesperae solennes de confessore K.339) and can be sung any time of the year for the church. Whether it be sung for weddings, concerts, or just during a church service, this piece is a very beautiful, versatile piece.

How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling PlaceJoseph Haydn, This piece is usually sung around All Saints Day since the text talks about “thy dwelling place” in heaven and it makes a reference to the Beatitudes. It’s a really beautiful piece that intertwines the two voices.

Sanctus – Gabriel Faure, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts. The heavens and earth are filled with thy glory. Hosanna in the highest” are the English words to Sanctus. It is a very lovely duet sung during the church year.

The Father’s Love – Simon Lole, This song is based on John 15 which talks about the commandments and loving one another. Chrissy sang this song with her junior choir in grade school so Martie and Chrissy decided to record it because they loved it so much.

God has certainly blessed us with the ability to make beautiful music! We treasure those times together and wanted to create this lasting memento of a few of our favorite duets to share with you. Enjoy!