Sunday, October 29, 2023

This Sunday’s offertory is the third movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s (1809-1847) Fourth Sonata for Organ, Opus 65. It is a gently flowing, melodious and lovely piece that bears a strong resemblance to several of the composer’s Songs Without Words for piano.

This week’s postlude is a setting of the hymn tune “Duke Street” – most often associated with the Isaac Watts text “Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun” – by the American composer David Cherwein. This setting takes the form of a fugue, with the first phrase of the hymn serving as the subject (or principal melody); the subject begins in a single voice only, and the remaining voices of the texture then enter one after the other, each repeating the subject.

– Charles Tompkins

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