Vicki Fey, Organist
March 14, 2018
The Opening Voluntary for this Sunday, March 18, is the third movement of Daniel Gawthrop’s four movement Reformation Symphony for organ, a setting of the German Chorale Aus Tiefer Not, composed in 2016. I will have played three of the four movements of this work over the past few months, leaving out only Gawthrop’s version of “Sleeper’s, Wake,” as I chose instead the well- known Bach chorale prelude for the first Sunday of Advent. The chorale tune Aus Tiefer Not, most commonly translated Out of the Depths, was composed by Martin Luther in 1524 and is traditionally paired with a Luther text of the same name. The translated text is in our hymnal at #424. Using only the string stops of the organ as accompaniment, there is a lovely flute obbligato at the beginning, which recurs between phrases of the chorale, also played on string stops. The Closing Voluntary is by David Schelat and is based on the early American tune by William Billings, When Jesus Wept. This simple tune with matching text, both created in 1770, is also in our hymnal at #194. This tune appears in several shaped-note tune books of the 18th century and would have been sung unaccompanied.
ORGAN RECITAL SERIES: Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in historic downtown Macon will host the Cherry Blossom Organ Recital series (30-minute programs) each day at noon from March 19-23. Recitalists for the week are listed here:
Monday, March 19 – Nathan K. Lively, Organist and Choirmaster, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Washington, CT. (Kyle was previously a colleague of Steve’s and mine at a Lutheran Church in Kingsport, TN.)
Tuesday, March 20 – Richard Gress, Organist, Sandersville United Methodist Church, Sandersville, GA; Organ Student at Mercer University Townsend School of Music
Wednesday, March 21 – Vicki Fey, Organist, Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA
Thursday, March 22 – Pat Graham Crowe, Interim Organist, Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, Macon, GA; Artist Diploma Student at the Mercer University Townsend School of Music
Friday, March 23 – Justin Maxey, Organist, Roswell Presbyterian Church, Roswell, GA; Artist Diploma Student at the Mercer University Townsend School of Music
These programs are sponsored jointly by the church and by the Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
March 7, 2018
ORGAN UPDATE: The organ “glitches” of the last few weeks were due to a failing processor. Thanks to Phil Parkey, the Atlanta organ builder who enlarged and maintains the sanctuary organ (and installed and voiced the chapel organ), the processor was replaced Monday and the organ is “up and running!”
Opening and Closing Voluntaries for this Sunday, March 11 are based on two hymn tunes heard during the service of Lenten scriptures, readings, and music, both with English origins. The Opening Voluntary is based on the tune KINGSFOLD which will be sung to the hymn text “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.” This tune is used again in the service, setting one stanza of the hymn “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples” which is sung at the presentation. Noted composer and organist Charles Ore created this organ setting which has a similar Celtic rhythmic drive as another tune in the service, STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN, an Irish melody. The Closing Voluntary is based on the tune KING’S WESTON which was composed by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams for the text “At the Name of Jesus.” Geneva Bell Choir will be ringing a setting of this tune at the offertory. Lutheran musician David Cherwien composed the organ setting. It begins with an imitative section in the manuals, and the pedals have the melody all the way through.
ORGAN RECITAL SERIES: Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in historic downtown Macon will host the Cherry Blossom Organ Recital series (30-minute programs) each day at noon from March 19-23. I will play the program Wednesday, March 21! If you’re able to get to Macon that day, I would love to see you!