Music, the Universal Language?

Toccata & Fugue in F      D. Buxtehude (1637-1707) “Spirit of the Living God” Praeludium & Fuga in Dm from “Ariadne Musica” J.C.F. Fischer (1656-1746) In the story of Pentecost, isn’t it interesting that instead of the Holy Spirit making it possible for everyone in the crowd to understand the One Language in which…

Thy Lovingkindness in the Morning

In a former life I played at a church that had a really fine professional tenor available (as we do in Julio this morning), for whom I wrote a set of three sacred songs for Sunday worship: Thy Lovingkindness in the Morning (Ps.143:8) Thy Judgement As The Noonday (Ps.37:4-6) As the Evening Sacrifice (Ps.141:2-3) The…

Isaac Watts & “Jesus Shall Reign”

Sonata in F#m (K25) D. Scarlatti “Jesus Shall Reign” Praeludium & Fuga in C#m from “Ariadne Musica” J.C.F. Fischer (1656-1746) Isaac Watts (1674–1748) was a prolific hymn writer, one of whose undertakings was to adapt the entire book of Psalms (or at least virtually all of it) into verse form while injecting a New Testament…

Scenes from Childhood

Scenes from Childhood (selections) Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Of Foreign Lands and Places, Knight of the Rocking Horse, Dreaming, Child Falling Asleep, The Poet Speaks “Come Down, Oh Love Divine” “Fleeting Piece” Op. 15 No. 1 Clara Schumann (1819-1896) Pressured by his parents, Robert Schumann entered law school at age 18, but two years later left…