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Seventh Sunday of Easter – 01 Jun 14

Flor Peeters

Flor Peeters

Opening Voluntary: Prelude on Jesu, nostra redemptio– Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

Closing Voluntary: Intrada in G major – Charles W. Ore (b. 1936)

Today’s opening voluntary is a chorale prelude on the Latin hymn, Jesu, nostra redemptio, “Jesus, our redemption.” Both the text and the melody are anonymous. Although the earliest manuscript versions of this Ascensiontide hymn are from the Eleventh century, hymnologists believe that it dates back to probably the 8th century.

Jesu, our hope, our heart’s desire,
Thy work of grace we sing;
Redeemer of the world art Thou,
Its maker and its king.
How vast the mercy and the love,
Which laid our sins on Thee,
And led Thee to a cruel death,
To set Thy people free!
But now the bonds of death are burst;
The ransom has been paid;
And Thou art on Thy Father’s throne,
In glorious robes arrayed.
O may Thy mighty love prevail
Our sinful souls to spare!
O may we stand around Thy throne,
And see Thy glory there!
Jesu, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize wilt be;
In Thee be all our glory now
And through eternity.
All praise to Thee who art gone up
Triumphantly to Heav’n;
All praise to God the Father’s name
And Holy Ghost be given. 

The chorale prelude is the composition of Florent Peeters (1903-1986) who was born in the village of Telen, east of Antwerp, Belgium in 1903 as the youngest of 11 children, most of whom played musical instruments.  By the age of only 8 years, he deputized for his eldest brother at the local church. He studied formally at the Lemmens Institute in Mechelen and was appointed assistant to his teacher, Oscar Depuydt , at the St. Rombouts Cathedral in Mechelen at the age of 20. Peeters later succeeded to his teacher’s position and remained as the principal organist there for 63 years. He taught at several musical institutions and also performed widely and internationally as a recitalist, including 10 separate tours through the United States. Peeters wrote extensively in many fields, but mostly for the organ, for which he composed over 550 works.

The setting played as our opening voluntary treats the melody in an “alternating” manner with the upper manual playing a gentle free variation of the tune interspersed with sections on the lower (great) manual which quote the tune literally  but with a dense chromatic harmonization.

The closing voluntary is a short fanfare composed by American organist, Charles W. Ore. Ore was born 18th December 1936 in Winfield, Kansas.  He studied at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and at the University of Nebraska.  He was professor and chair of the Department of Music at Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska from 1966 to 2001. He currently serves as organist of First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Today’s composition is one of 8 similar pieces published as a collection by Augsburg Publishing House in 1981.

Baptism of the Lord – 13 Jan 13


Opening Voluntary: Voluntary in G – Henry Smart (1813-1879)

 At Communion: Chorale Prelude on Erhalt uns, Herr– J. G. Walther (1684-1748)

 Closing Voluntary: Intrada in E Major Charles W. Ore (b. 1936)

Today’s opening voluntary is a work by Victorian-era, organist and composer, Henry Thomas Smart. Smart served as organist at several prominent London parishes including St. Philip’s, Regent street, St. Luke’s, Old Street, and lastly at St. Pancras for 14 years until his death.  Plagued by problems with his vision that began in early life, Smart was totally blind by the age of fifty-two. His improvisatory skills allowed him to continue performing, however, in spite of his disability. He was particularly noted for his use of the pedals, which was said to be more inventive than other British organists of the period. Although Smart’s music was extremely popular in his own time, and his organ compositions figured prominently in recitals through the end of the 19th century, changing musical tastes would later denigrate much of his work, such that a 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica article described his organ compositions as “effective and melodious, if not strikingly original.”  Sadly, Smart’s works are now little remembered apart from his hymn tunes which include REGENT SQUARE, frequently paired with the Christmas carol text, “Angels from the realms of glory” (#93, The Hymnal 1982) and LANCASHIRE, usually sung with the text “Lead on, O King eternal” (#555, Ibid.).

The prelude at the communion is based on the German chorale tune, Erhalt uns, Herr (sung as our closing hymn, #132, The Hymnal, 1982)  and is a work of renowned German organist,  Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748). Although less well known today than his famous cousin and contemporary, J. S. Bach (1685-1750), he was highly regarded in his own time and served as court organist at Weimar.  Although not all survive today, he recorded in his autobiography that he had composed over 200 works based on chorale melodies.

The closing voluntary is a work of the contemporary organist, Charles William Ore (b. 1936).  Ore studied at Northwestern University in Illinois and the University of Nebraska.  He was professor of music and chair of the department of music at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois from 1966 to 2001.  This free composition was published in 1981 as part of a larger collection of “Fanfares and Intradas.”  Today’s work in the key of E major is designated as a composition “for an occasion of some magnitude.”

Feast of Christ the King – 25 Nov 12

Opening Voluntary:
Prelude on DIADEMATA – Wilbur Held (1914-)

At Communion: Composition in D Major – Georg Rathgeber (1869- ?)

Closing Voluntary: Fanfare in Bb – Charles Ore (1936- )

Today’s opening voluntary is based on the hymntune, DIADEMATA, which we sing today as our entrance hymn, “Crown him with many crowns,” (The Hymnal 1982, #494). Composed specifically for the text by Sir Georg J. Elvey (1816-1893), this tune has been irrevocably married to this particular text from its first publication in Hymns Ancient and Modern in the year of 1868. The tune name is derived from the Greek word for “crowns.” The opening voluntary based on the hymn tune was composed  by Episcopal organist, Wilbur Held (1914-) and was published in 1979 in a collection of Hymn Preludes for the Pentecost Season. It is a composition in an ABA format with the “A” sections presenting an elaborated version of hymn tune in the melody accompanied by passing notes in the manuals and scale passages in the pedal.  The “B” section is a minor key variation which is followed by a brief transition passage before the return to the “A” theme ending with a concluding fanfare that echoes the structure of the “B” section. The solemn and festive character of the composition as well as the tune upon which it is based are highly appropriate for today’s feast day celebration of Christ the King.

The brief piece at the communion is by German 19th century composer, Georg Rathgeber , born 7th June, 1869 in Laudenbach, Germany.  He was a choir director and teacher in Hechingen, near Stuttgart.

The closing voluntary is a free composition by contemporary organist and composer, Charles William Ore, born in 1936 in Winfield, Kansas.  Ore studied at Northwestern University in Evanston and at the University of Nebraska. He later taught at Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska and was organist of Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in Omaha and currently serves at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. This piece is the eighth and last in a collection published in 1981 as Eight Fanfares and Intradas by Augsburg Publishing House. Like the opening voluntary, this is also a composition in an ABA format and is subtitled as a “Fanfare for the Baroque Spirit.”  The A sections at the beginning and the ending suggest a horn call in fourth and third and fifth intervals in the melody and are contrasted with the central “B” section in a g minor key.

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