Sunday, April 23, 2017

Easter service at local Methodist church provides hymnology and harmony lessons

Better late than never, they say.  Easter Sunday service at Mount Olivet Methodist Church in Arlington VA (following community service Saturday, which I did not attend this time, and numerous sunrise services – I went to the Lincoln Memorial) featured a lesson in hymnology – several lesser known Easter hymns with some modernisms in harmonies.

The hymn “This Is the Feast of Victory” by Heilert and Charles Callahan, in D Major, has an interesting twist of harmony:  It goes to the relative B Minor, and then to F Major, which would be relative to D Minor, with an odd and fresh effect.

The performance above is at a new organ in Antioch Ill, at the Faith Lutheran Church on the “Rogers 361”.

I could use this effect in my own 1960 D Minor Sonata, maybe to further freshen the harmonies at the long progression that builds up three times (1st movement development, transition to finale, and again transition to big tune at the end, or maybe in the runaway train coda).

There was also Gweneth Walker’s “A Hymn of Resurrection”, with Brass (YouTube from Plano, TX, north of Dallas on 175).

Try “Lamb of God” from the “Mass of Creation” by Mary Haugen, here.

Then there is the “Festival Alleluia, Christ Is Risen by James Chepponis (a favorite, it sounds like Vaughn Williams to me), performed in Columbia, SC. .

And let’s try “Alleluiah The Strife Is Over” by Leonard Bobrowski

I covered a New York Philharmonic concert where Johnathan Biss plays Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto, whose cadenza inspires the "gulf" of Timo Andres's Third Piano Concerto, "The Blind Banister", on Wordpress, here

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