The pipe organ is the grandest musical instrument in size and scope, and has existed in its current form since the 14th century. Along with the clock, it was considered one of the most complex human-made mechanical creations before the Industrial Revolution. Because of the complexities of this amazing instrument, it is difficult to describe just how a pipe organ works in a succinct manner.
Therefore, when I came across a video commissioned by Birmingham, England’s Town Hall Symphony Hall as part of their Science and Sound educational program, I was thrilled. Here, finally, is a delightful succinct visual description of the workings of the “King of Instruments.” Enjoy!
Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea.
INSPIRATION: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative
I draw my inspiration to lead worship from
- The scriptures read by carefully prepared lectors
- The insightful homily
- The prayers of the people
- The serenity of the meticulously followed liturgy
- The beauty and orderliness of our sanctuary thanks to our Altar Guild
- And from You – the congregation — by your
- quiet reverence during the prelude
- energetic singing of the hymns
- enthusiasm for an interesting postlude
- joyous expression of thanks when a particular hymn or piece of music has inspired you
INSPIRE: To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion
It is my hope that the music chosen, sung, and played for our worship inspires you. Not only in the service but in the week that follows. What inspires your worship? What fills you with an enlivening or exalting emotion?
- The text of a hymn?
- The melody of a hymn?
- The singing of a psalm?
- The offering of music by our choir?
- The prelude or postlude?
Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Minister of Music and Organist of St. Bede Episcopal Church in Forest Grove, Oregon is also a concert organist performing the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea.
The hymn tune TON-Y-BOTEL (tune in a bottle) also known as EBENEZER is a Welsh tune that first appeared in hymnals in 1890. Often a composer will choose a hymn tune name based on a scriptural reference in the case of EBENEZER. The tune name TON-Y-BOTEL came from a legend about the tune being picked up by a peasant on the coast of the Lleyn Peninsula in a sealed bottle which washed ashore. The title ST. PETERSBURG was probably chosen by the composer Bortnianski because that is the city in which he resided at the time he composed the melody.
You can find a list of the Tune Names included in our 1982 Hymnal on page 1045. You may find more than one page number listed with some titles which means several different texts can be sung to this tune. (Example: TON-Y-BOTEL, pages 381 and 527).
A wonderfully complete website to discover more about hymn tunes and their composers and texts and their writers, is www.hymnary.com. Enjoy!
Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Church and Concert Organist