Musical Musings~ Reflections on Sunday’s Music

March 16, 2014
  1. Celebrating 300 years of the music of C.P.E. Bach
On March 8th we celebrated the birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the son of J.S. and Maria Barbara Bach. C.P.E. Bach writes in his autobiography the following: “For composition and keyboard-playing, I have never had any teacher other than my father.”
It appears that J.S. Bach’s strong faith also carried over to his son, as C.P.E. composed an organ setting of a prayer titled “Out Of The Depths I Cry To You.”In today’s postlude, one can listen for the style that C.P.E. Bach perfected-some title it “mercurial Romanticism”while others  simply term it Empfindsamkeit (Sensitivity).
As the selection is played, listen first for the harmonization of the chorale melody in full chords followed by its “sensitive” treatment-an accompaniment layered with syncopations, colorful scalar passages, and artistic arpeggiated chords.
However, compositional characteristics of C.P.E.’s Bach father are also apparent:
  • Augmented sixth chords
  • Cadential treatments
  • Obbligato-like textures
Today, one can safely identify this work as identical to the “Allemande” of C.P.E. Bach’s Suite in E minor (Wq 62/12).
                                                                        -‘til Sunday-Robert Morehead
Other music selections:

Gathering Music: Like a Lion (Bashta)
                                Our Father in Heaven (Doerksen)
Introit: Come To Me, O Weary Traveler (Dunstan/Rowan)
Hymn Of Praise: What Wondrous Love Is This? (#85)
Act of Praise: Medley of "i LOve The Lord" and "Come To Me(Rowan/arr. Smallwood)
Children’s Song: God’s Love and Guidance
Hymn of Response: The Lord’s Prayer- INSERT
Offertory: The Lord’s Prayer (Haugen)
Hymn of Dedication: Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken (#446)

Sunday’s musicians:
1 Exceptional Friends
2 Tanya Marshall, organist
3 Keith Michael, narrator
4 Revolution Team
5 Sanctuary Choir
6 Michael Wallace, soloist


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