Friday, October 30, 2009

Sound of Majesty: Highlights from 10/29

Here are some highlights from this week's Sound of Majesty.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009:

Once again we hear Dr. Martin Jean at the organ of the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus, on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.  Dr. Jean plays J.S. Bach's Organ Fugue in G Major.

Other highlights include a stirring a capella arrangement of "Were You There" by Jessye Norman and the Ralph Vaughn Williams arrangement of "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name" to the tune Miles Lane.  If you've not heard this arrangement and this tune, your ears might tell you it sounds kind of familiar until you get to "... and crown Him .... crown Him ... crown Him ... crown Him Lord of all."  You need a good organist, a fairly large choir (who can count) and a decent worship space to pull this one off.  Those "crown Him" phrases are really stretched out.

Rounding out the broadcast is the whistling St. Olaf Cantorei singing, "In Thee Is Gladness."

You can catch this broadcast and others in the audio archive here.  There are about 4 weeks of archives in the sight.  The direct link to the broadcast is here and the direct link to the playlist is here.


  1. Thanks for sharing this audio program -- I wasn't aware of it until you linked to it. I enjoy listening to Sing for Joy from St. Olaf College on Sunday afternoons.

  2. Thanks for the link to St. Olaf's Sing for Joy, Chris. I bookmarked it so I can listen on a regular basis.

  3. Thanks for your blog site. Not sure whether "everybody's favourite topic--HYMNS!" was written with tongue in cheek or not. Wish it were true! But you are certainly helping the cause.

    Didn't particularly care for the rather artsy version of "All Hail the Power" on Sound of Majesty. I prefer James Ellor's tune Diadem over Miles Lane, in any event. (Today, incidentally, is the 190th anniversary of Ellor's birth.)

    On my hymn history site, Wordwise Hymns, for today, I've linked to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's rendering of "All Hail the Power" to Diadem. It is a straightforward performance, free of distracting frills. Seems to suit the subject better, at least to my ears.

    Anyway, keep up the good work. God bless.

  4. Hey, Robert, thanks for dropping by! In my own church, we use the tune "Coronation" because it is in the hymnal and the choir knows "Diadem."

    I'll leave "Miles Lane" (both the tune and the arrangement) to the college choirs.

    To those of you, like me, who are not familiar, Robert's site is Wordwise Hymns.

    His post is here.

    Will feature Robert's site in a new post over the next week or so.


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