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Feb. 24, 2019: “Benediction” by Dorothy Christopherson

Today’s Music: The choir sings “Benediction” by piano teacher and composer Dorothy Christopherson, who was schooled in Minnesota and South Dakota and active in churches there. The setting includes an obbligato line, for either viola or French horn; despite its name, obbligatos are usually considered optional, but here it adds some variation to harmony that is very lush, comprising primarily 7th and 9th chords, but also somewhat repetitious. The effect is, to this writer, one of wistful sweetness. David Boelzner