Ann Keiffer

Singing Brahms

In two weeks, after an intensive
two-month study, our choir,
Viva la Musica!, will be performing
the Brahms Requiem in German.
It is not our first major work…
nor the first time we have plunged
into music way over our heads.
Our passionate and masterful artistic
director has worked her magic on us
to shape the facets and painstakingly
polish a repertoire of classical gems.
But there is something different,
something wholly extraordinary,
about the way the choir is singing
this requiem of Brahms’.
As we breathe,
as Brahms’ music flows on our breath,
as the pauses suspend in time,
as we touch each note, each theme,
each crescendo and decrescendo–
even our fugues and fortes somehow
inwardly hushed with our listening–
the consciousness of the choir becomes
so focused it is as if we were singing
through the mystical Third Eye.
We enter the sealed sanctum sanctorum.
We touch the treasure of humanity
with our voices and white-gloved hands.

Ann Keiffer
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About Ann

I am interested in the strange beauty of brokenness, in transforming possibility in difficult times, in how we heal even when we can’t get better, in the alchemy of surrender, in the interplay of light and shadow, in the bounty of everyday wonders, in the gift of laughter…and writing about it, all and everything.

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