Mystic Vista is a collection of songs Robert Hutmacher has written over the past eight years for musicals, plays, and recitals, together with five short pieces from the French repertoire. He and Denise LaGiglia have performed together for years, and this recording brings their musicianship to a larger audience. The title, cover photo, and much of the music flows from Bob's life, research, and prayer in his "second home" - Assisi, Italy. In addition to that unique Umbrian flavor heard in his previous recordings, there are the usual Hutmacher surprises. Mystic Vista conveys a wide variety of holy, emotional, and artistic moments, sure to captivate the listener. Duets, solos, and even improvisations display talent and professionalism; the diversity of style will assure one is connected with the aural beauty of these timeless instruments.
His compositions boast high craft and skill, two traits that were no doubt instilled in him by his studies with David Clark Isele at Notre Dame and Daniel Truman Fletcher at Memphis State University. Always appropriate to the liturgy and its demands, his approach to liturgical music composition reflects the principles he learned in his graduate studies at Notre Dame, where he was awarded a Masters in Liturgy degree in 1981.
In the early nineties he spent time translating and setting the oldest hymns and offices of Clare and Francis, a labor that entailed three months of research in the libraries of Assisi. He also composed the score for a play about Clare of Assisi, which was filmed and distributed by Oblate Media for the 800th anniversary of Clare in 1993.
Robert Hutmacher amplifies another prayer of St. Francis, "Make me a an instrument of your peace." His musical output and his scholarly endeavors have made him a cheerful and effective instrument of God's-not only in Umbria, but in the American church as well.
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