angels in the architecture


For the first time since moving here in 1987 (to the best of my faltering memory), I have been asked to do something with the music department at Hope College. My friend Rhonda passed on an organ gig with the Hope Honors Band this weekend. So many thanks to her. Since I am such a whiner about being invisible to the locals I felt like I better sign on to do it. It turns  out to be a very interesting piece called “Angels in the Architecture.”


Composed by Frank Ticheli, it’s a fifteen minute extravaganza of a wind ensemble piece. It begins (and ends) with a soprano solo, an elegant little take on a 19th century Shaker hymn. In between Ticheli imagines an aural battle between light and darkness. The organ comes in briefly at the climax (11:43 in the video above).

I quite like the piece and look forward to performing it with the Hope Honors Band. Thank you Rhonda.

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3 thoughts on “angels in the architecture

  1. You’re welcome! I’m glad you like the piece too. Something about the title sounded (to my ears) like it could be interesting.
    Sometime, when I get a minute, I’d like to hear your take on my newsletter article too. So make sure to read it before Sunday, when I will corner you, and demand to know what you thought of it!!

  2. am I the only one who just hears Paul simon singing when I hear ‘angels in the architecture’? (He looks around and around, he sees angels in the architecture, spinning in infinity…)

    1. Sarah…. very cool, I didn’t make the association but thought the phrase sounded familiar. Surely the composer of this piece was aware of Paul Simon’s song.

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