The American tenor Paul Austin Kelly was asked to sing last week at the funeral of Martin Isepp, the unforgettable singing teacher and accompanist. Here is his account:
Martin’s widow Rose asked me to sing for Martin’s funeral. It was a small family gathering in a tiny stone church with a little pipe organ here in Sussex. She had asked if I would sing “Where E’er You Walk” and an acapella version of the hymn “God Be in My Head.”
Ten minutes before the service was to begin the power in the village went out. We did the service in the dark and everything was acapella. It was quite beautiful and I feel it must have been Martin’s doing. He never did like the organ.
And here are Paul and Martin performing Schumann’s Dichterliebe.