For those of you who are Facebook users, you probably have seen the “On This Day” feature which is meant to spark nostalgia by highlighting content you posted to the site in years past. It pops up in your news feed and shows you photos and status updates you posted on the same calendar day a year or more ago.
Last night I had a lovely dinner at the Pacific Club with Betsy McCreary, Karl Bachman and John Mount (thank you, Betsy!) and I thought to myself, here we are, four singles and three of us are widowed meaning that we carry our loved ones in our hearts always. I came home and checked my Facebook page, and what came up was this picture I had posted two years ago of Peter Hallock and Carl Crosier.
You see, it was two years ago today that we bid farewell to our longtime friend, mentor and business partner, composer Peter Hallock (November 19, 1924 – April 27, 2014) who died of congestive heart failure.
“Peter has died!” I came home to find Carl sobbing and absolutely inconsolable at the loss of this man who had been such an inspiration to his work as a church musician over a nearly forty-year span.
Jason Anderson, who was Peter’s successor as the director of the Compline Choir at St. Mark’s Cathedral Seattle, posted this picture today of the niche in St. Mark’s Cathedral where some of Peter’s ashes are interred. In a blessed falling asleep, grant, O Lord, eternal rest unto Thy departed servant Peter and make his memory to be eternal! Memory eternal! Memory eternal! Memory eternal!
Here is a recording of Peter’s composition, “Peace”, sung by the Compline Choir. From the album, Night Music: Music for Men’s Voices by Peter Hallock.
Peter, you and your music will never be forgotten!