Songs That Speak to Us: Carol Nielsen

May 6, 2021 | The Choir Diary

From soprano Carol Nielsen:

In our family when I was growing up, we sang in school and church choirs but also played instruments in the school band in our small town in Minnesota (think Lake Wobegon). Among the five of us, we played flute, trumpet, french horn, trombone and clarinet (my instrument). I loved playing band music with winds, percussion and especially the brass. Because of these experiences, in addition to finding joy in singing and choral music, I am drawn to instrumental music.

As I have been listening to choir music and some beloved pieces during this time of choral isolation, I ran across a version of one of my favorite choral pieces—played by the University of Michigan Trombone Ensemble. These musicians capture the beauty, emotion and nuance of the piece, but in a different way from voices of a choir.

I hope you enjoy this alternate version of a beautiful piece, O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen.

Here is a lovely choral version from The Singers: