Prelude on “Picardy” Jeanne E. Shaffer
The Peaceable Things Clay R. Christiansen
Postlude for Full Organ George E. Whiting
Jeanne Shaffer (1925-2007) was chair of Visual and Performing Arts at Huntingdon College and organist-director at All Saints Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Her composition on the folk tune from Picardy is a reflective setting of the hymn “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.”
Clay Christiansen (b.1949) was an organist (1982-2018) at the Mormon Tabernacle after being organist-director (1972-1982) at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Salt Lake City.
George Whiting (1840-1924), New England Conservatory organ professor and organist at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Boston, composed his postlude with a lively theme imitated at different pitch levels.
On this date a century ago at 11:00 a.m. was the taking effect of the armistice that ended World War I, also known as “The Great War” and “The War to End All Wars”. (This day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.) The Recessional Hymn #257 (sung to the tune for “Lead On, O King Eternal”) was written in 1859 by Jane Borthwick (a Scottish poet known for her hymn “Come, Labor On”) was chosen as we reflect on the themes of unity, peace and a time when conflict and war no longer exist.