1998 Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington
1998 Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington

Archive of Fantasies on a Choral #0830

…whether in simple variations on a sacred hymn tune or complex counterpoint around a new-made melody, composers always respond to the lyric muse. This week we’ll listen to musical creations based on both familiar and newly formed tunes. One of the most common forms of composition for the King of Instruments, composers have frequently demonstrated their craftsmanship with these lyric morsels.

Part 1

CÉSAR FRANCK: Choral Number 3 in a –Jeanne Demessieux (1845 Cavaillé-Coll/Église de la Madeleine, Paris, France) Festivo FECD-155/156

PERCY WHITLOCK: Fantasie Choral Number 1 –Graham Barber (1933 Henry Willis & Sons; 2004 Harrison/Hereford Cathedral, England, UK) Priory PRCD525

Part 2

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Choral Partita, Christus, der ist mein LebenJobst-Hermann Koch (1968 Steinmann/St. Nicholas Church, Lemgo, Germany) Pro Musica CD-1999

SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: Symphonic Chorale, Ach bleib mit deiner Gnade, Opus 87, number 1 –Hans Fagius (1929; 1993 Frobenius/Århus Domkirke [Århus Cathedral], Denmark) BIS-CD-1084

SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: Corale, Opus 154. Number 8 –Susan Ferré (1998 Fritts/Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA) Gothic G49211

Part 3

JOSEPH AHRENS: Regina coeliMaria Giese (1972 Kleuker/Herz-Jesu Church, Berlin-Zehlendorf, Germany) Christophorus CHR 77120

MAX REGER: Chorale Fantasy, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, Opus 52, number 2 –Wolfgang Rübsam (1912 Stahlhuth; 2002 Jann/Église Saint-Martin, Dudelange, Luxembourg) IFO 00 115

Filler –CÉSAR FRANCK (see above)