Pro-Motion Music has joined in the decade-long celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The celebration, culminating in 2017 with a year of festivities, is also being celebrated annually from 2007-2016 with a specific theme. The 2012 theme was Music and the Reformation.
David and I were privileged to travel to the seat of the Reformation, Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, Germany, last August (2012) where I performed organ concerts in historic Reformation churches: the Schlosskirche where Luther famously nailed his 95 Theses to the door; and the Stadtkirche, Luther’s preaching church. To celebrate the Luther Decade Year of Music, I performed organ settings of Luther chorales from the Renaissance to the present day on the historic Ladegast organ at the Schlosskirche and on the Sauer organ at the Stadtkirche.
These concerts were enthusiastically received by not only the many tourists, but the local population as well. One poignant comment by the sexton of the Stadtkirche stands out: “It was wonderful to hear Luther’s chorales again here in Luther’s church. Thank you for playing this glorious music.”
With that comment fresh in our minds, we decided to release a recording of the music performed in these concert, thus, adding to the celebration of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The resulting CD is The Chorales of Martin Luther, otherwise known as the Top Tunes of 1524!
As Luther so eloquently wrote, “Music is a fair and lovely gift of God.”