June 2020

Musica Cordis Glow.png

Musica Cordis, Op. 2



Suite No. 5 in C minor for viola solo, BWV 1012                        J.S. Bach (1685—1750)


Sonata for Viola da Gamba in G minor, BWV 1029                                                   Bach


Brief Pause

Abraham's Sons (in memory of Trayvon Martin)                           James Lee III (b. 1975)

Suite for Two                                                                                        Andy Stein (b. 1948)

I. Hoedown
II. Waltz
III. Tango
IV. Sarabande
V. Samba


Duo for violin and cello                                                       Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981)

II. Dirge

We shall overcome                          Traditional, after a hymn by Charles Albert Tindley

                                                                                                                              arr. Bunch

Brief Pause

Were you There                                                                                                      Spiritual


Lullaby                                                                                  Rebecca Clarke (1886—1979)

Oblivion                                                                           Astor Piazzola (1921—1992)


Sasha Callahan, violin

Alexander Vavilov, viola

Leo Eguchi, cello

with Olga Talroze, piano


Notes and Translations


We've designed Musica Cordis to evolve and change over time—the music that speaks to us today may give way to something completely different in the next iteration. Each performance, we'll be offering the pieces that offer us comfort, strength, and joy during this time.


Heavy, suddenly they seem heavy
the linen and velvets of your bed
when our love passes to oblivion

Heavy, suddenly they seem heavy
your arms embracing me
formerly in the night

My boat parts, it's going somewhere
people get separated,
I'm forgetting, I'm forgetting

Later, at some other place in a mahogany bar
the violins playing again for us
our song, but I'm forgetting

Later, it splits off to a cheek to cheek
everything becomes blurred and
I'm forgetting, I'm forgetting

Brief, the times seem brief
the countdown of a night
when our love passes to oblivion

Brief, the times seem brief
your fingers running all over
my lifeline.

Without a glance
people are straying off
on a train platform,
I'm forgetting, I'm forgetting