Music

Lutheran Heritage Chorales – Mar. 30th

In the middle of the 11th century a chant, Victimae paschali, was written to beautify the Easter celebration of the church. The text is in our hymnal as “Christians to the Paschal Victim” (Hymn 460). This chant has fired the imaginations of musicians for almost 1,000...

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Lutheran Heritage Chorales – Apr. 23rd

The chorale featured in today’s organ prelude and postlude (and offering at 11:00) is “Jesus Christ, Our Savior, Who Overcame Death.” The words and very likely the melody of this Easter hymn were written by Martin Luther himself in the style of a Leise, ending with...

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Lutheran Heritage Chorales – Apr. 16th

The Lutheran Heritage Chorale for this Easter Day is the ancient German sacred folk song “Christ Is Arisen,” Hymn 459. It was already 400 years old when it became one of Luther’s favorite hymns. Like “To God the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray” (LSB 768) and “These Are the...

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Lutheran Heritage Chorales – Apr. 9th

The featured chorale for this Palm/Passion Sunday is “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth.” The tune had another life before it was paired with this deeply moving text by Paul Gerhardt. It was written in 1525 by one of Luther’s classmates at Erfurt, Wolfgang Dachstein, as...

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Lutheran Heritage Chorales – Apr. 2nd

Today’s Lutheran Heritage Chorale is “In the Very Midst of Life,” Hymn 755. The text is by Martin Luther, based on a medieval chant, which was very well-known at the time. Luther’s desire was to keep the best music of the ancient church and amend the texts as...

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Organ Recital – Apr. 21st

Four graduate and two undergraduate organ students from the Division of Organ and Church Music at the University of Kansas will present an organ recital at Hope on Friday, April 21st, at 7:30 p.m. This is part of the STAR program which stands for Student Artist...

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Lutheran Heritage Chorales – Mar. 26th

Today’s featured Lutheran Heritage chorale is “I Trust, O Christ, in You Alone,” which is the alternate appointed Hymn of the Day for the fourth Sunday in Lent. It appears in our hymnal as Hymn 972, which, unfortunately, has to be printed if it is to be sung. In a way...

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Lutheran Heritage Chorales – Mar. 19th

Today’s featured chorale is Hymn 823, “May God Bestow on Us His Grace,” which is Martin Luther’s paraphrase of Psalm 67. Luther sought music that could successfully carry a very weighty message. The tune is very weighty indeed and– amazingly by our standards–was very...

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