Music

Lutheran Heritage Chorales – June 4th

Today’s Lutheran Heritage Chorale is our opening hymn, “Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord.” The tune and first verse were written in Germany a full century before the Reformation. Luther loved this hymn so much that he claimed, in characteristic hyperbole, “The hymn...

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Lutheran Heritage Chorals – May 28th

Rather than featuring a Lutheran chorale from the 16th century today, we are highlighting the fact that early Lutherans did not abandon the Latin language but continued to sing many of the great Latin hymns of the church in cities and larger towns where Latin was...

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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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