Music today is in memory of 9/11 victims and their families. For more details, click on Read More (below).
This morning’s music is dedicated to the memory of those who were lost in the horrific events of September 11, 2001. Great music-hymns, choral anthems, organ music, to name a few examples-speaks to us profoundly, bringing comfort as it challenges us to live joyful and spiritual lives. Let us always seek to be instruments of God’s peace, and let us continue to pray for peace in the world! As you listen to this morning’s music, and as you join God’s people in lifting your voice to the heavens, pay close attention to the many ways in which music lifts us out of the ordinary dimensions of earthly time.
Notes on today’s organ music:
French organist/composer Jehan Alain (1911-1940) died a hero in World War II at the tender age of 29, but his genius lives on in his many creative works. His musical output is viewed as some of the most original of the entire 20th century. Alain’s most popular organ work, Litanies, expresses intense raw emotion; just as in a spoken litany, the power is in the repetitive pleading, growing ever more insistent.
French organist/composer Jean Langlais (1907-1991) became blind at age two, but this tragedy could not dim his extraordinary creative powers. As a beloved teacher and improviser, Langlais influenced an entire generation of organists, including many Americans. His well-known Suite médiévale is in the form of a mass and incorporates numerous ancient Latin chants, captivating listeners with sounds that span centuries of style and tradition. The Asperges me (Cleanse me, O God) is based on the opening verses of Psalm 51. Kyrie fons bonitatis (Lord, fountain of mercy) is one of the oldest plainchants.
J. S. Bach’s powerful St. Anne Fugue highlights one of the church’s greatest and most timeless of hymn tunes. Bach’s famous sinfonia (God’s Time is Best) is from a funeral cantata of the same title.
Thomas Tomkins’ beautiful motet, When David Heard. . .speaks powerfully to our sense of loss on this solemn anniversary. Enjoy the beauty of this timeless lament.