​Musical Musings~ Reflections on Sunday’s Music

May 31, 2015
  1.  Connecting today's organ works to the story of Paul
As we study Paul's Final Days as part of our Story series, we are reminded that Paul never wasted a moment. As Adam T. Barr mentions, "whether writing letters or witnessing to Roman soldiers, Paul spent his entire life sharing the gospel and caring for the young, growing churches he had planted." Today's Gathering Music  is based upon the creed of the church. The first version is an earlier work of Bach and is a fugue that includes a distinctive leap of a fifth which could possibly represent a type of leitmotif of faith.  It is also of interest that this same leap characterizes the later work of Bach (BWV 680) and one can hear it right at the beginning. A basso ostinato is added to the voices of the fugue and its firm tread (listen for it in the pedals) signifies a reliance on faith. 

Sunday's Prelude:  Wir glauben all an einen Gott (BWV 1098, 680)- J.S. Bach
Sunday's Postlude:  Allegro in B-flat- Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

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