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Music for June 9th, Third Sunday After Pentecost

 Prelude: Praeludium in F major, BWV 540, J.S Bach


The Toccata/Praeludium in F,  is proportionally the largest of all Bach's works in the format of prelude-fugue. It is often treated as a show piece, with the ensuing fugue omitted. The Toccata's rhythmic signature suggests a passepied or a musette although the large scale of the movement does not support these characterizations.


The toccata starts with a large linear canon (first 6 bars shown above) over a pedal point in F major. It is then followed by a pedal solo based upon material from the canon. The canon is reiterated with some variations in the dominant in C major. This time the hands are switched, and the left hand leads the right. This is again followed by a long pedal solo. The two large canon flourishes cover 108 measures of the composition. The pedal solos cover 60 measures. The concerto movement exhibits a seven-part structure. The canons and pedal solos effect the departure from the home key of F to the dominant C, and the rest of the movement, with its concertante 3-part imitation and "proto-waltzes", constitute the harmonic return. This formal pattern is unique within all of Bach's works. 

 Processional: God of Grace, And God of Glory #594 (CWM RHONDA) 

“God of grace and God of glory” was written in 1930 by Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) for the dedication of the famous Riverside Church in New York City.

Fosdick served as a chaplain during World War I and then was pastor of First Presbyterian Church in New York City. From this congregation he was called to pastor Park Avenue Baptist Church, which was renamed Riverside Church. As we sing this hymn, perhaps it is helpful to remind ourselves of the events that shaped the “hour” and the “days” that provide the context for this great hymn.


Offertory: Out of the Depths, Thomas Keesecker


This mornings offertory is based off today’s psalm reading, psalm 130.

In this arrangement by Keesecker, you will hear a melody line in the form of 5 variations, alternating between the Soprano/Alto and Tenor/Bass. Each variation grows with more and more emotion and expression from the depths, to it’s conclusion “Redeem us, Lord, with steadfast love.”


Postlude: God of Grace, Paul Manz

All of us want the power of God upon us. The hymn arrangement, God of Grace, and God of Glory, originally improvised by Paul Manz as todays postlude, was chosen because of our opening hymn this morning.

The beginning of this postlude starts with the theme from Handel’s “Hallelujah” Chorus, that builds into the hymn theme played by a solo trumpet. This hymn arrangement/improv is a perfect way to go out on Sunday morning.


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