What Music Will You Play This Month?
As I write this blog post, David and I are on a flight home from St. Louis where we had a grand time presenting our From Sea to Shining Sea concert experience at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres, where I played some of my favorite organ repertoire on a marvelous Martin Ott pipe organ. The organ had several new additions – some of which were heard for the first time in our concert — a third manual playing a stunning 12 stop Rueckpositiv with one of the most gorgeous Cornets I’ve heard, a full-length sanctuary rumbling 32’ Bourdon, a powerful 32’ pipe/digital Bombarde, an amazingly bright and joyous Zymblestern, and a thrilling Trumpet en Chamade. I had a grand time deciding how to use every stop on the organ somewhere in the concert. (Martin Ott is the builder of the two organs at Mt. Angel so you have some idea of how much I enjoyed the weekend!)
What is your favorite piece? How can you work it into a service, a concert, or your weekly practice?
As we fly over the incredibly varied landscape between St. Louis and Portland – the plains, the Grand Canyon, the Sierras and up the coast, I’m reminded that March is filled with incredibly varied hymnody. Hymnody that ranges from contemplative Lenten hymns to joyous Palm Sunday processional hymns, somber Holy Week hymns, to the glorious hymns of Easter culminating for most of us with Christ the Lord Is Risen Today. For you church musicians, hymn practice should be at the top of your practice list this month. Since the tunes of this month don’t often appear with other texts, the reality is we don’t play them often.
Be safe and start working on these hymns today!
David and I are planning the World Premiere performance of our newest organ and multi-media concert experience so guess what I’ve been doing? Looking for new repertoire to fit our theme, “Around the World in 80 Minutes.” I’ve been talking to composers and organists from Nigeria to Australia and many many countries in between to collect organ pieces by national composers using indigenous folk tunes and hymnody. WOW! Has this been fun! New music has been arriving weekly at the Jordan home. So set a goal and discover some new repertoire to play.
March is the month for new repertoire.
It looks like a busy month ahead! Here’s to the Music of March!
Dr. Jeannine Jordan is teacher, church musician, and concert organist. She and her husband, David who is a media artist, are the creators and performers of three organ and multi-meida concert experiences, Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Around the World in 80 Minutes. Contact Dr. Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about these audience-engaging concerts.