Every year the West Village Chorale puts together a season of Summer Sings (this is what choral people do when their choirs are off for the summer). Last week I went to the one conducted by John Maclay, the choral director of my own choir, the Choral Society of Grace Church. We sang the Brahms Requiem. It’s beautiful, as all requiems are. They seem to bring out the best in the composers who write them. But I always remember singing this with my choir after my cat Veets died. One section really seemed to evoke how I felt and I wrote “Veets Theme” in my score. Here it is, written 18 years ago, followed by a picture from last week’s sing.
I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.View all posts by Stacy Horn →