Musical Musings~ Reflections on Sunday’s Music

April 27, 2014
  1. With A Voice Of Singing-Martin Shaw
Martin Shaw was a student of Charles Stanford and a friend of John Ireland, Gustav Holst and Vaughan Williams, which coincidentally if one  searches for the composers’ names within pages 682-686 of our hymnal, one will find numerous hymn-tunes each of the musicians composed. This genre of English hymnody has carried over to Martin Shaw’s anthem “With A Voice Of Singing.” Composed for the Rochester Diocesan Church Choirs Association Festival in 1923, this  short work features the “cathedral sound” through inclusion of the organ and its warm, consonant organ harmonies, in addition to its artful elision materialized through the juxtaposing textures of choir and organ;  however it also highlights the folk genre through its altered intervals and scale degrees.
                                                                        -‘til Sunday-Robert Morehead
Other music selections:
Gathering Music:  “Largo” from Spring, Op. 8 No. 1           (Vivaldi/Wolff)
Introit: Improvisation on “Spirit Of The Living God”
Hymn Of Praise: Spirit Of The Living God (#322)
Act of Praise: Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow (#592)
Children’s Song: Alive
Hymn of Response: We Walk By Faith And Not By Sight (#399)
Hymn of Dedication: Spirit  (#319)
Postlude: “Allegro” and “Allegretto” from Spring, Op. 8 No. 1   (Vivaldi/Wolff)
Sunday’s musicians:
 Sanctuary Choir


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