Thursday, November 12, 2009

Southern Lutheran Kantor: Teaching New Music

Join the discussion with Southern Lutheran Kantor as he gives us tips for teaching music to the congregation.  In the comment section you will find my tips for introducing LSB 960, "Isaiah, Mighty Seer."  This one is particularly challenging given that there is only one verse.

If all else fails, you can throw the words up on the jumbotron and have them change colors to the music!

OK, maybe that's not the best method.  Read the article for lots of tips.

By the way, this means we have touched on two of the major parts of Luther's Deutsche Messe (German Mass).  Look for more posts on this in the future.

In the mean time, perhaps this version is a little more desirable than liturgical karaoke.  Plus, you get the added bonus of the Christmas hymn in the latter half of the recording.

By the way, the Christmas hymn (whose name escapes me - I believe it is in LW) is a fine example of how to tackle a hymn with a lot of verses.  No one sings all of the verses at once. Instead, different groups pick up different verses.  Also, the tempo helps keep things moving along.


  1. Love, love, LOVE the Praetorius Mass for Christmas Morning! One of my favorite CDs!

    Lutheran music is showcased in that Mass, and what's more, it shows that the music is all about showcasing the Word! :-)

    Pastor Rich Heinz

  2. AMEN! Most recordings of a mass feature just the basics

    * Kyrie (Lord Have Mercy)
    * Gloria (Glory to God in the Highest)
    * Credo (Nicene Creed)
    * Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy)
    * Agnus Dei (Lamb of God)

    This particular recording gets all the way down to So schreibt der heilig Propheten Jesajas (So wrote the holy prophet Isaiah), not to mention the inclusion of the chanted Lord's Prayer and Words of Institution.

  3. If you're trying to learn the German text, though, perhaps Sing-along-with-Mitch might be useful ;)


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