September 13, 2020 + The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Spiritual Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by Erica Shippee, sermon by the Rev’d Margie Baker.

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Service Music:

Voluntary    Fanfare    Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)

Opening Hymn 397    Now thank we all our God    Nun danket alle Gott

Song of Praise    Dignus es    Benjamin P. Straley (b. 1986)

Sequence Hymn 671 vv. 1,4,5    Amazing grace! How sweet the sound    New Britain

Anthem    How beautiful are the feet of them from Messiah   George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)
Text: Romans 10:15
Erica Shippee, soloist

How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Sanctus    Land of Rest, arr. Annabel Morris Buchanan (1889-1983)

Annabel Morris Buchanan  was an American composer and folklorist. The author of the book Folk Hymns of America (1938) as well as myriad journal articles, Buchanan (along with John Powell) helped found a festival which promoted music of the people in the Appalachian Mountains. Buchanan’s documenting practices are credited for preserving many folk songs that might have otherwise gone on unrecorded. She harmonized and produced many hymntunes familiar to us, including Land of Rest.

Fraction Anthem    Be Known to us, Lord Jesus    Gary James (b. 1957)

Voluntary    Marche Triomphale: Now thank we all our God    Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)

If an organ composer wants to be recognized in Germany, he writes music based on chorales (i.e., German hymns). Such was the case of Karg-Elert when he composed his 66 Chorale Variations, Op. 65, in which this setting is found. He was influenced by the music of Bach (no surprise there; every composer is influenced by Bach!), Claude Debussy, and Max Reger. This is perhaps his most famous composition for organ. Fragments of the tune are heard in the soprano voice, but in a disguised manner. Flourishes and chromaticism abounds, though within the strict parameters of tonality – hallmark traits for this romantic / impressionistic / expressionistic composer.

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