I’m a day late–yesterday was really the 12th day of Christmas, and today is really Epiphany. Rosalynde has a (predictably) brilliant piece that fits the story of the wisemen’s star with the Nephites’ day with no night. It’s the perfect lead-in to a couple of excerpts from Mendelssohn’s unfinished oratorio, Christus. First, a trio of wisemen, and then a setting of a bit of text from Numbers–there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel–linking Christ’s birth with ancient prophecy. Mendelssohn also connects both to the musical heritage that informed his work and another portent of Christ’s birth, by quoting a chorale that J.S. Bach used in a cantata for the festival of the Annunciation (BWV 1).
May your New Year be full of light!