Chopin Playing Chopin

Prelude in Bm     F. Chopin One evening, when all were assembled in a salon, Liszt played one of Chopin’s nocturnes, to which he took the liberty of adding some embellishments. Chopin’s delicate intellectual face, which still bore the traces of recent illness, looked disturbed; at last he could not control himself any longer, and…

Jesus on the Floor

Toccata in Gm D. Buxtehude (1637/39-1707) “Spirit of the Living God” Improvisation In a former life I found myself on the road (with my glass armonica) in a Motel 6 in the middle of nowhere. There were maybe 4 channels on the TV — CNN, a couple shopping channels, and Trinity Broadcast Network. Trinity is…

A Prayer in the Still of the Night

"A Prayer in the Still of the Night" W. Zeitler "Open My Eyes That I May See" Improvisation In the Old Testament we find the story of Samuel — a prophet who ultimately anoints David as King of Israel. At a young age Samuel is apprenticed to the priest Eli, and one night he thinks…

The ‘Volcanic’ Side of Lent

Prelude in Bm (BWV 544) J.S. Bach (1685-1750) "Lord, Who Throughout these Forty Days" Fugue in Bm Lent of course is a time of quiet reflection. And we’ll have plenty of music along those lines. But to me Lent also has a dimension of titanic struggle—the opposite side of the same coin. This morning’s Scripture…