On Christ, the solid Rock, we stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

BELOW: The complete Awake, Harp & Lyre concert (June 15, 2019 at Redeemer) featuring music by Bach, Handel, Mozart and others, performed by soprano Adria Jackson and harpist Jacquie McNulty. Concert program here

Posted by Adria Jackson Soprano on Saturday, June 15, 2019

A Guide to Music in Worship

What Makes the Redeemer Lutheran Church Organ Special?

Lutheran Music, by Reverend David Jackson

Musical Literacy, Sightreading, and the Church

Lutheran Hymn Quiz

Luther’s Hymns in LSB

Bach’s Cantatas

BachFest

Why Certain Hymn Texts Endure

Bach: St. Matthew Passion

In Bach’s own hand, the score of the St. Matthew Passion.
It was first performed on Good Friday, April 11, 1727, at St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche) 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: