November 30, 2008
Vol. VIII, No. 16
"Come Now, Savior of the Heathen"
Today, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York was re-dedicated with a very splashy service. Of more specific concern to organists, their organ is back in business. The New York Times had a nice article this past week and if you go to the page, you can hear a recording of the newly-restored instrument:
"Before Its Debut, Cathedral Organ Has a Sound Check"
If this subject rings a bell, it's a follow-up to a recent Rampage:
"News You May Actually Be Interested In" - July 22, 2008
St. John's picked a great day to celebrate, this being the First Sunday in Advent. Of course, everyone has all of their music planned through the holidays, right? Right. I browsed through BACHorgan.com to see if maybe I could provide some resources to those who may be running a bit behind. For starters, I found a couple of relevant workshops:
WORKSHOP #12: "Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland" (BWV 659)
I have good news and bad news. First, the good news. I continue to browse Russell Stinson's "J.S. Bach's Great Eighteen Organ Chorales" during odd moments. Most recently his references to "Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland" ("Come Now, Savior of the Heathen"), BWV 659, captured my imagination.
WORKSHOP #14: "A Christmas Carol...for Next Year"
Every Christmas Eve, the church where I play invites me to perform a half-hour concert of organ music. The only guidance given for the planning of the program is that it be comprised of Christmas carols, not Christmas songs. The first time I had to prepare such a program (1995), I wasn't exactly sure how to proceed. My previous experiences had all been repertoire-based, drawing on the Christmas music of "legitimate" composers (Bach, Handel, Messiaen, etc.).
Also, I have a couple of specific entries in the Sheet Music Store for Christmas:
There are also some season-appropriate offerings on the Composition Free Exchange page:
Finally, for entertainment, visit the Rampages Back Issues page and search on the keyword "Christmas":
I hope you're getting in the Christmas spirit because here it comes!
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