This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. 1 John 3:16 (NIV)

Here are some resources on Music and Hymnody as they relate to The Lutheran Church

Our Organ

A Guide to Music in Worship

Lutheran Music, by Reverend David Jackson

Lutheran Hymn Quiz

Luther’s Hymns in LSB

Bach’s Cantatas


Why Certain Hymn Texts Endure

Bach: St. Matthew’s Passion

In Bach’s own hand, the score of St. Matthew’s Passion.
First performed on Good Friday, April 11, 1727, at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. Bach had been Thomaskantor (responsible for all the music in the church) since 1723. 

Miserere is a setting of Psalm 51 by Italian composer Gregorio Allegri. It was composed, probably during the 1630s, for use in the Sistine Chapel as part of the Tenebrae service on Holy Wednesday and Good Friday of Holy Week. The work itself is a sublime nine-voice setting of David’s psalm of repentance: “Miserere mei, Deus, secundum magnam misercordiuam tuam(Have mercy upon me, O God, after Thy great goodness). 

The Miserere is written for two choirs, one of five and one of four voices, and is an example of Renaissance polyphony. One of the choirs sings a simple version of the original Miserere chant; the other sings an ornamented and intricately interwoven commentary on it.

E. Power Biggs Plays Bach in the Thomaskirche: