Sunday, March 16, 2014

New Providence Presbyterian Church, Raphine VA March 16, 2016

Prelude:"Praise Ye The Lord, The Almighty"  (Johann Gottfried Walther 1684-1748)
Introit: "Blest Be the Tie That Binds"
Hymn 482: Praise Ye The Lord, The Almighty
Prayer Response:  "Kyrie"  (John Merbecke 1510-1585)
Anthem:  "God So Loved The World"  (Sir John Stainer 1840-1901)
Hymn 443: O Christ, The Great Foundation (Aurelia)
Offertory: "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded"  (Johann Gottfried Walther)
Hymn 376:  Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Benediction Response:  Dresden Amen  (Johann Naumann 1741-1801)
Postlude:  "The Church's One Foundation"  (Donald Hustad (1918-2013)

Music Notes:
1 Corinthians 12:4  "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit"  Let those who are able sing a harmony part on the hymns to acknowledge the manifold gifts of the Sprit, and let all who are able unite on the melody of the last verse of each hymn to signify the unity of the Church. 
Today's Anthem is on the text of John 3:16 and comes from the Cantata "The Crucifixion".  This cantata, composed in 1887, is still performed around the world during Lent. For your Good Friday meditation, fine recordings of the cantata can be found at, one by the Huddersfield Choral Society at, and others on YouTube.  
Organ music today offers settings of the first and second hymn tunes, as well as the first hymn at the Ash Wednesday service.  

Prelude:  Manual:  Swell Stopped Diapason 8, Harmonic Flute 4.
              Great: Open Diapason 8
              Pedal:  Bourdon 16, Swell to Pedal, Great to Pedal.
Cantus Firmus in Pedal.  Manual Parts on Swell 

Offertory:  Swell Stopped Diapason 8  
                 Great  Dulciana 8,  Swell to Great 4
Entire piece played on Great.  A mild "brustwerk" effect. 

Postlude and most Hymns:
Swell Harmonic Flute 4.  Great Open Diapason 8.  Pedal Bourdon 16
Swell to Great 8, Swell to Great 4,  Swell to Pedal, Great to Pedal.
This gives a bright 8-4-2 in the manual and 16-8-4-2 in the Pedal. 
For softer verses I switch off the Open Diapason and turn on the Melodia. 
If the pedal line is unclear, I add the Dulciana to the Great, as it adds a certain edge to the bass line. 

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