Our Music this week to the glory of God
Prelude Préambule Louis Vierne
Louis Vierne (1870-1937), Notre Dame Cathedral organist in Paris,
composed his “prelude” in 1913, alternating melodic imitation with
(Psalm 70:1-2) Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me,
O Lord. Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul. Let
them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt.
(Psalm 86:12) I will praise Thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and
I will glorify Thy name forever.
Organ Priere du Matin Joseph Jongen
Joseph Jongen (1873-1953), Belgian composer, composed his “morning
prayer” in 1908 while professor at the Liège Conservatory.
Communion Anthem Come, Risen Lord Leo Sowerby
Leo Sowerby (1895-1968), organist/director at St. James Episcopal
Church/Chicago and founder of College of Church Musicians at Washington
National Cathedral, composed his tune (named Rosedale after the cottage
where Sowerby lived at the Cathedral) in 1963. The poem (located at #207
in The Hymnal 1940) was written in 1931 by George Wallace Briggs, canon
of Leicester and Worcester Cathedrals in England.
Postlude March in G Henry Smart
Henry Smart (1813-1879), organist at London’s St. Pancras New Church, is
known for his 1867 hymn tune Regent Square (named for a Presbyterian
Church in London), the Processional Hymn sung today. In addition to
being an organ designer, he composed service and concert music for
organ, hymn tunes, anthems and songs.