Getting Near #1505
…the music and insights of a prominent American composer of organ and church music, Gerald Near.
NEAR: A Triptych of Fugues –Aaron David Miller, organist. NEAR: Three Anthems (To Thee, o Lord, have I lifted up my soul; They that wait upon the Lord; Sing Alleluia) –House of Hope Motet Choir/Matthew Culloton, director; Aaron David Miller (1979 C. B. Fisk/House of Hope Presbyterian Church) Pipedreams Archive (r. 4/29/12)
NEAR: Choraleworks, Set I (Westminster Abbey; Moscow; Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland; Erhalt uns, Herr; O Welt, ich muss dich lassen; Mit Freuden zart; Herzliebster Jesu; In dulci jubilo; Salzburg) –Steven Egler (1997 Casavant/Central Michigan University) White Pine 203
Composer during a presentation at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul, MN. Near talks about his musical beginnings, the transition from ‘playing by ear’ to composing, text setting, using a computer, and the creation of a new choral score commissioned by the church.
Listen online to the of this new score by Gerald Near for Choir, Strings and Piano: Serenade on Poems by Robert Herrick. Enjoy the music more fully by following the individual movement'stexts here:
Thanksgiving to God for His House
The Funeral Rites of the Rose
Gather ye rosebuds
The premiere performance of Near’s well-loved anthem “Sing Alleluia Forth” was presented in an early PIPEDREAMS program (#8438), as was his 1998 Organ Concerto, commissioned for an AGO Convention in Denver (#9846).