Gerald Near
Gerald Near

Getting Near #1720

…the music and insights of a prominent American composer of organ and church music, Gerald Near.

Hour 1

GERALD NEAR: ToccataMary Preston (1992 Fisk/Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX) Pipedreams Archive (r. 7/1997)

NEAR: A Triptych of Fugues (1966) –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: Carillon on a Ukrainian Bell CarolLarry Visser (1996 Austin-Allen/LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI) LaGrave 2013

NEAR: Sonata No. 1 for OrganJeremy Filsell (Skinner & Aeolian-Skinner/Washington National Cathedral, District of Columbia) Raven 942

Filler – Anthem, “They that wait upon the Lord” (see above)

Hour 2

NEAR: 3 Chorale-preludes (Liebster Jesu; Freu dich sehr; Nun danket alle Gott), fr ChoraleWorksSteven Egler (1997 Casavant/Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI) Prestant 1011

NEAR: 2 Chorale-preludes (Veni Emmanuel; A solis ortus cardine), fr Chantworks Set I –Elwood Bernas (1889 Whalley & Genung/1st Presbyterian Church, Port Townsend, WA) FPCPT 2006

NEAR: Suite in Classic StyleCheryl Gobbetti Hoffman, flute; Bruce Neswick (1988 Wilhelm/St. Alban’s School, Washington, DC) Raven 840

NEAR: Air with Variations, fr Sonata BrevePamela Decker (1987 Kney/University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 10/27/08)

NEAR: St. Mark’s Service (Magnificat & Nunc dimittis) –Llandaff Cathedral Choir/Michael Smith, director; Michael Hoeg (1937 Norman & Beard/Llandaff Cathedral, Wales) Priory 551

NEAR: Choraleworks, Set I (Westminster Abbey; O Welt, ich muss dich lassen; Moscow; Suo Gan; Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland; Erhalt uns, Herr; Herzliebster Jesu; In dulci jubilo; Salzburg) –Steven Egler (1997 Casavant/Central Michigan University) White Pine 203

Filler – Fugue No. 3, fr Triptych (see above)

Composer Gerald Near converses with Michael Barone 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 premiere performance of this new score by Gerald Near for Choir, Strings and Piano: Serenade on Poems by Robert Herrick.
            To Music
            Thanksgiving to God for His House
            The Funeral Rites of the Rose
            Gather ye rosebuds
            A carol

The premiere performance of Near’s well-loved anthem “Sing Alleluia Forth” was presented in an early PIPEDREAMS program (#8438).

This is an ‘encore’ release of material first aired as #1505 in February 2015.