Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Susan Pinkerton.
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Voluntary Cortège et Litanie Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Dupré, the composer of this Voluntary, was organist at Saint-Sulpice, Paris, following the great Charles-Marie Widor. In fact, those two organists presided over that great organ for just over 100 years (1870-1971), with a 28 year overlap during which Dupré was Widor’s assistant. Dupré was a master improvisor, having famously played what would later be his “Symphonie-Passion” in concert at the Philadelphia Wanamaker organ, making up those 30 minutes of music on the spot! Dupré was the most beloved teacher of Clarence Watters, who was organist/choirmaster here at St. John’s for many years, as well as professor and college organist at Trinity College.
Processional Hymn 390 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty Lobe den Herren
Gloria in excelsis S278 William Mathias (1934-1992)
Sequence Hymn 583 O holy city, seen of John Morning Song
Offertory Anthem O how amiable Dudley Buck (1839-1909)
Dudley Buck grew up in St. John’s – the Hartford version – and learned how to play the organ while there, assisting the main organists on a regular basis. Buck went on to become the most well-known and popular church music composer of the late 1800s, writing hundreds of pieces for choir and organ.
Sanctus S128 William Mathias
Fraction Anthem S166 Agnus Dei Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Communion Anthem Bread of the World Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)
Communion Hymn 676 There is a balm in Gilead Balm in Gilead
Closing Hymn 345 Savior, again to thy dear Name we raise Ellers
Voluntary Toccata (Symphony No. 5) Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
The “Widor Toccata” is arguably the second-famous of all organ works (just behind the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor), and has traditionally been played as the Easter postlude since well before anyone can remember. The first of the great French toccatas to take literally the title (meaning “touch”), it is a whirlwind of chords and arpeggios with a pedal melody that travels through many keys. And, it is pure joy!
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