Organist’s Blog 2/18/2024

Sunday, February 18, 2024 Music for Meditation: Prelude on the Hymn Tune “Land of Rest”………Charles Callahan One of the loveliest hymn melodies to come from the American folk tradition, “Land of Rest” is paired in FBG’s hymnal with a text about the season of Lent (Hymn...

Organist’s Blog 2/11/2024

Sunday, February 11, 2024 Music for Meditation: “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise”…Setting by Wilbur Held “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise” is a wonderful hymn that takes the reader/singer through the entire season of Epiphany, with its Gospel readings and...

Organist’s Blog 2/4/2024

Sunday, February 4, 2024 Postlude: “Lift Every Voice and Sing”…….Setting by Michael Ryan In observance of Black History Month, the Postlude for this Sunday is a setting of the great hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Often referred to as the “Black National Anthem,”...

Organist’s Blog 1/28/2024

Sunday, January 28, 2024 This Sunday’s Music for Meditation is a lovely setting of the famous German chorale “O Morning Star, How Clear and Bright” (“Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern”), by the Danish composer Niels Gade (1817-1890). A friend and colleague of the...

Organist’s Blog 1/21/2024

Sunday, January 21, 2024 The Music for Meditation this Sunday is a lyric “Priére” (“Prayer”) by the Australian composer June Nixon. It incorporates the melody of a famous medieval hymn, “Of Eternal Love Begotten,” by the fourth century poet Aurelius Clemens...

Organist’s Blog 1/14/2024

This Sunday’s organ selections are chosen in observance of Martin Luther King Day, and each one is based on an African-American spiritual. The Music for Meditation is a beautiful, serene setting of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” – said to be Dr. King’s favorite...

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