Martin Luther
Martin Luther

A Mighty Fortress #1744

…music in observance of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation.

Hour 1

ROBERT HEBBLE:  Festival Piece on A Mighty Fortress Patrick A. Scott (2013 Parkey/Providence United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC) Raven 969

J. N. HANFFEin feste BurgTimothy Edward Smith (1972 Beckerath/1st Congregational Church, Columbus, OH) Raven 900

JOHANN PACHELBELEin feste BurgJoseph Payne (1983 Metzler/Stadtkirche, Zofingen, Switzerland) Centaur 2311

J. S. BACHEin feste Burg, BWV 720 –James Kibbie (1755 Silbermann-Hildebrandt/Hofkirche, Dresden, Germany) BlockM 4

JEAN LANGLAISEin feste BurgAnn Labounsky (1865 Beuchet-Debierre/Cathedral of St. Peter, Angouleme, France) Voix au Vent 62229

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDEEin feste BurgBRADLEY LEHMANEin feste BurgMartin Hodel, trumpet; Bradley Lehman (1995 Beckerath/Martin Luther Church, Emden, Germany) LARIS 1001

JOHANN CHRISTOPH BACHEin feste BurgDouglas Bush (1985 Schönfield/Parish Church, Dornheim, Germany) KBYU 9603

AARON DAVID MILLER:  Fantasy-Improvisation on Ein feste BurgAaron David Miller (1979 Fisk/House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 5/2013)

REGERDenn der Herr ist freundlich/Ein feste Burg, fr Psalm 100, Op. 106 –International Reger Choir/Gabriel Dessauer, director; Ignace Michiels (1985 Mayer/St. Bonifatius Church, Wiesbaden, Germany) Dessauer 2004

Filler – BACH (see above)

Hour 2

BACHCantata No. 80, Ein feste Burg (opening chorus)  –Empire Brass Quintet; William Kuhlman (1978 Sipe/Center for Faith and Life, Luther College, Decorah, IA) Telarc 80614

DANIEL GRONAUEin feste BurgMatteo Venturini (2005 Ghilardi/Church of San Rocco, Larciano, Pistoia, Italy) Brilliant Classics 95310/20

GERHARD KRAPF/HELMUT WALCHA/PAUL SIFLEREin feste BurgJohn Eggert (1983 van Daalen/Jehovah Lutheran Church, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 11/20/83)

SIGFRID KARG-ELERTEin feste Burg, Op. 65, Book V, no. 3 –Elke Volker (1911 Steinmeyer/ Christuskirche, Mannheim, Germany) Aeolus 10991

MAX REGER:  Chorale-preludes, Ein feste Burg (Op. 135a; Op. 79b; Op. 67) –Friedhelm Flamme (1901 Sauer-2001 Scheffler/Lutherkirche, Bad Harzburg, Germany) Motette 12821

MAX REGERChorale-Fantasy, Ein feste Burg, Op. 27 –Isabelle Demers (1944 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Amarillo, TX) Acis 01901

Filler – REGER: Psalm 100 (see above)


On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther wrote to his bishop, Albert of Mainz, in what Luther viewed as a scholarly objection to several Church practices. He enclosed in his letter a copy of his "Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences", which came to be known as the Ninety-five Theses. Luther’s intention was not to confront the Church, but nontheless, according to legend, on this same day he is said to have tacked a copy of his theses on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, and Christendom has never been the same.