Three Hymn Preludes for Lent (Jeremy Zimmer) added to the Shaw Music catalog

Jeremy Zimmer’s second set of hymn preludes for organ is a collection of three Lenten hymns centered on the “Lamb of God.” Useful in worship services during Lent and Holy Week.

  • A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth
  • Not All the Blood of Beasts
  • Lamb of God, Pure and Holy

Preview pages from the score and listen to sample recordings here.

Organ Commission: Proclaim! Preludes and Harmonizations for the Hymn of the Day

Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write a new prelude and harmonization on the hymn tune “Jesu, meine Freude” (“Jesus, Priceless Treasure”), which will be be included in a forthcoming edition of Proclaim! Preludes and Harmonizations for the Hymn of the Day. The Proclaim! series provides organists with substantive service music and hymn harmonizations for the Hymn of the Day as found in the One-Year and Three-Year Lectionaries of Lutheran Service Book. Each edition includes settings from a variety of composers and offers a broad representation of artistry and style. This new collection is scheduled to be published in 2021.

Toccata Joyeuse (Daniel Barta) added to the Shaw Music catalog

This advanced organ solo, written for a three-manual instrument, is perfect for the concert stage, recitals, and extra special occasions in worship. Daniel Barta provides a piece that is expansive its design and full of emotional depth, and he allows the organist to explore the full range of the instrument’s color combinations. A delight for performer and listener alike, this work is one you will want to perform repeatedly. Preview the score and listen to an excellent full-length recording here.

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Three Hymn Preludes for Organ (Jeremy Zimmer) added to the Shaw Music catalog

Jeremy Zimmer joins Shaw Music with this striking collection of three hymn preludes for organ. Highly chromatic, yet prominently centered on the tune, each setting offers musical insight into the original hymn tune. Useful in worship services throughout the church year. Preview the score and listen to a demo recording here.

Piano/Organ Repertoire for Advent/Christmas

It’s never too early for musicians to begin thinking about the holiday season. Read my latest article on Prelude Music PlannerChristmas in July: Piano/Organ Repertoire for Advent/Christmas. This includes suggestions of 10 different collections, as well as links to free downloads of some classical pieces (through IMSLP).

Hymn Prelude Library vol 11 published by Concordia

Concordia Publishing House has released volume 11 of the 12-volume series Hymn Prelude Library (based on Lutheran Service Book), containing hymn tunes that begin with ‘T’, ‘U’, and ‘V’. This volume includes my setting of the tune “Union City” (“If Christ Had Not Been Raised from Death“), by Phillip Magness (Cantor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow, OK and composer with Liturgy Solutions). Other contributors to this volume (edited by Kevin Hildebrand) include Charles Callahan, Benjamin M. Culli, and Kristina Langlois. You may pre-order the book now, and it should become available on June 30, 2017.

How to Re-harmonize Hymns

Have you ever wanted to learn how to re-harmonize hymns, to accompany congregational singing? My latest blog post on Prelude Music Planner provides a 5-step process on how to do this. Check it out here, and be sure to download the free re-harmonization of the hymn “Gethsemane” (link at bottom of post).

Mount Holly, NJ Organ Dedication Service

Review in The American OrganistOn February 26, 2017, I will perform in the Organ Dedication Service at the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly, NJ. The church’s Organist and Director of Choirs, Jackie Bozarth, has been coordinating the rebuilding project since 2015 (following a 2012 proposal), and the time has come to celebrate with music. I will perform William Mathias’s “Fanfare,” J. S. Bach’s “Ich ruf’ zu dir” (from Orgelbüchlein), my own hymn prelude on “Austria,” and my own Partita on “For All the Saints.” The church is located at 125 Garden Street, Mount Holly, NJ, and the service begins at 3 pm.