I come back to this performance again and again because it is such an extraordinary rendition of an extraordinary piece of music.

But there’s more to it. Amy Turk, the harpist in question, is not only playing a piece of music. She is interpreting an organ piece on an instrument that, in some ways, could not be more dissimilar than an organ. And she is doing it thoughtfully, intentionally, sensitively.

There’s something profound in the effort of artists to make something theirs — their own performance, iteration, what have you — that is clearly someone else’s. And I think Turk does that here is a really profound way, and certainly in a way that anyone who has listened to multiple versions of this famous piece will recognize.

Beyond all that backdrop, there is also a beautiful piece of music played beautifully. So, there’s that too.

Dr. Georgia is the D.R.E. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland, OH.

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