New Music week 20: WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET

52 in 52For Epiphany, here is an isorhythmic setting of the great Lutheran chorale WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET, “O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright” (or, “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star”). This free harmonization could be played on either piano or organ, and its extended chords and harmonic progressions are meant to invoke the sparkle of a star! Happy New Year… and Happy Epiphany!

New Music week 19: W ŻŁOBIE LEŻY

52 in 52For the second Sunday after Christmas, here is a setting of the Polish carol W ŻŁOBIE LEŻY, “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly.” This tune is in rounded bar form (AABA), and I have long admired the beautiful sequences in the ‘B’ section. For a bit of text-painting, I tried to capture a sense of the “swiftly winging” angels at this point in the arrangement. Merry Christmas!

New Music week 17 (Bonus!): GREENSLEEVES

52 in 52As an added bonus this week before Christmas Eve, here is a simple setting of the 16th century English ballad, GREENSLEEVES, “What Child Is This.” This arrangement can be performed on either piano or organ; and it can also be performed with violin or oboe on the melody (up-stemmed notes when applicable), accompanied by piano or organ playing the remaining notes. Merry Christmas!

Hymn Prelude Library vol 6 published by Concordia

Concordia Publishing House has released volume 6 of the increasingly popular Hymn Prelude Library (based on Lutheran Service Book), containing hymn tunes that begin with ‘J,’ ‘K’ and ‘L.’ My setting of LINSTEAD (“All You Works of God, Bless the Lord”) is included in this volume. Here is a review of the entire collection by Paul Grime, Associate Professor and Dean of the Chapel at Concordia Theological Seminary:

The new Hymn Prelude Library continues a long tradition at CPH of providing organists with well-crafted hymn settings suitable for use in worship. This new series offers substantial settings that are well edited and promises to be a valuable resource for years to come.