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Pavane in F Sharp minor by Gabriel Faure

Sections of Faure’s Requiem, and his other sacred works, are familiar pieces heard at St John’s, but this week we are presenting his Pavane in F sharp Minor. A Pavane is a secular piece that was played to accompany a processional dance, slow and elegant, in the 16th and 17th centuries. Faure’s Pavane, was originally composed for piano, but we are presenting a lovely arrangement that has been transcribed for flute and guitar!

Playing for us today is Arielle Burke, musician, and teacher. You know her best as the person who put together all our church videos from Lessons and Carols through Holy Week and Easter. She and Catherine O’Kelly, guitarist, have been playing together since 2011 as the” Tedesco Duo.” Catherine has degrees from Vassar and the Hartt School of Music and is currently completing her doctorate there. We thank them both for their beautiful music, and as this recording was done live, pre-pandemic, please excuse a little background noise.Julie Ribchinsky, professor emeritus from CCSU, lives in Ivoryton and teaches at Wesleyan and in our area. Her husband Gary, a percussionist, has kindly recorded this and was our sound engineer this week. We thank them both for sharing their time and many talents with St. John’s. They have both been very supportive of music at St John’s for many years. 

Comments (2)

Absolutely lovely. Thanks to all who brought this to us.

I absolutely love this piece! I’ve had to play it twice. Beautifully done. Thank you all for sharing it.

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