Before leaving for my sister’s Cape Cod wedding, I sent out a quick e-mail to my coworkers informing them that I would be absent.
I always try and include something fun in the e-mails because “out of office” e-mails are notoriously boring parts of the cubical lifestyle. This time, I described the music that was planned for the wedding:
My sister is a professional flutist. As such she has a lot of classical musician friends who have offered their services at the wedding. The ceremony will include the following music:
Selective Airs From the Renaissance and Baroque periods by a professional violist and cellist.
Ave Maria sung by professional Soprano
â€œSpiegel im Spiegelâ€ for Cello
A piece by an Estonian composer (â€˜spiegel im spiegelâ€™ means â€œmirror in mirrorâ€ in German)
All Mass Parts are from the Renassance composer William Byrd to be sung in Latin by a countertenor and two tenors
A response psalm sung by my other sister accompanied by some guitar by me.
Next, I will rock the heck out of the Alleluia on guitar. My eldest sister asked for acoustic, but I might bring out the electric with some heavy distortion just to shock the classical crowd.
After the vows there will be a performance of a Bach Flute solo, a Bach gigue for solo violin, and Panis Angelicus for soprano and flute.
The recessional will just be rocking loud organ.
One of my coworkers replied with this fantastic response:
“Is a countertenor anything like a counterterrorist? Is that an anti-tenor?”