Improvisations on the hymns I will play on Transfiguration Sunday (19. February, 2012) at Third-Westminster Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, NJ.

 

Take My Life and Let it Be

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The ubiquitous 'Hendon' by  H.A. Cesar Milan.  Here played on Sonus Paradisi's Brescia, St. Carlo sample set.  It's a lot of fun to play theatre harmonies (or at least try!) on a 1 m/p organ with limited compass and decidedly 'early' tonal sensibilites.  Ah, the age of miracle and wonder!

 

On a more serious note - in this piece musical abandon = spiritual abandon, such as the text bespeaks:

 

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

 

- Frances R. Havergal

 

 

 

Lord, I Want to be a Christian

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African-amercian spiritual.  1926 Wangerin, Madison Masonic Center.  Sample set by Evensong.com.

 

Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart,  in my heart,

Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart,

In my heart. In my heart, in my heart,

Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart, in my heart.

 


All Hail The Power of Jesus Name

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Oliver Holden's tune 'Coronation'.  Magnuskerk Anloo sample set.

 

 

 

Morning Has Broken

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Hymn tune 'Bunessan' made famous by Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens).  Silbermann sample set by Pipeloops.com

 

 

 

 

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