I always enjoy programs that have a theme or structure to unite the musical selections. Liturgical seasons like Lent, Easter, Advent or Christmas are easy ways to collect repertoire from diverse musical periods under the same
umbrella. After Out of the Depths: Music for Lent and Holy Week, I chose to turn to the more joyful seasons of Advent and Christmas for this, my second recording project. In addition to the eclectic set of reperoite, I have included several improvisations because that area of music-making continues to be my primary interest. Includes the premier presentation of the Advent Suite.
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Advent Suite – Wm. Glenn Osborne
Nun komm der heiden Heiland, BWV 659 – J. S. Bach
Nun komm der heiden Heiland, BWV 660 – J. S. Bach
Nun komm der heiden Heiland, BWV 661 – J. S. Bach
Improvisation on “Lo, How a Rose” – Wm. Glenn Osborne
March upon a theme by Handel, Op. 15, No. 2 – Alexandre Guilmant
Prelude on “Divinum Mysterium” – T. Frederick H. Candlyn
Chorale Prelude on “Silent Night”, Op. 37 – Samuel Barber
Improvisation on “Away in a Manger” – Wm. Glenn Osborne
Variations on ‘Ons is gheboren een kindekijn’, SwWV 315 – Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Noël Suisse – Louis-Claude Daquin
Improvisation on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – Wm. Glenn Osborne
A Festive Voluntary: Variations on “Good King Wenceslas” – Petr Eben
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When I began my duties as Director of Music at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in January 2015, there was an opening on the concert series in March. This CD is the program that I played to fill that slot. The program reflects the season of the church year from different musical styles and eras. I also wanted a program that would demonstrate the variety of colors available on the instrument. This was not just to please the audience, but also a way for me to become acquainted with the instrument. As the program came together, I thought of recording the program to share this instrument with a wider audience. I hope the music here reaches the deep longings of your soul, and inspires you to come visit the Cathedral and hear the instrument live.
Aus tiefer Not, BWV 686 Johann Sebastian Bach
Herzlich tut mich verlangen Johannes Brahms
Psalm Prelude, Set 2, no. 1 – De profundis Herbert Howells
IV. Longing for Death from Job
Dominica in Palmis Jean Langlais
Suite in French Classical Style on ‘Vexilla Regis’ Wm. Glenn Osborne
Da Jesus an dem Creutze stundt Samuel Scheidt
III. Crucifixion from Symphonie-Passion
Improvisation Wm. Glenn Osborne
In 2010, for a Marian celebration when William Picher hired 2 trumpets, strings, flute and timpani for a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, he asked me for an arrangement of Immaculate Mary. As this is a popular hymn for many Marian feasts, I eventually prepared a solo organ accompaniment version of the score. This reduced arrangement is included in their most recent CD of Marian Music: Ave Maria. It was always a pleasure to work with and write music for the Basilica Choir while I was in Orlando, and I am delighted that they continue to sing (and record) compositions and arrangements that I did for them.
For the CFAGO Spooktacular, I decided to write a new piece for organ. Unfortunately, I was not able to record the performance at the Chapel at the Towers, so instead I decided to attempt a recording tonight (10/31/2013) after the vigil Mass for All Saints was over at Holy Redeemer. Because the organ console is in a pit at the front of the church, I often have people come speak to me while I’m playing, and tonight was no exception (c. 3″ in tonight). I hope you enjoy the piece and can look past any bobbles I might have made from the distractions. Happy Halloween!
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The Basilica Choir sings Christmas favorites and new carols on their newest CD on Stemik records including God, We Would Hear the Angels Sing.
Now available on iTunes as well.
The complete list of music follows:
Joy to the World (Isaac Watts/Lowell Mason, after Handel, arr. William Picher)
Hodie Christus Natus Est (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
Joseph Lieber, Joseph Mine (Michael Praetorius)
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (Edmund Sears/R.S. Willis, arr. William Picher)
Blessed Be That Maid Marie (Trad. English 17th C., arr. Charles Wood)
Rejoice in the Lord Always (Anon 16th C.)
Gaudete (Anon. 16th c, arr. Brian Kay)
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (Trad. English, 17th C., arr. William Picher)
O Magnum Mysterium (Tomas Luis de Victoria)
Ave Maris Stella (Trad. Russian, arr. Pavel Chesnokov, adapt. William Picher)
Morris Hudson, guest baritone soloist
Ding Dong Merrily on High (G.R. Woodward, arr. Carolyn Jennings)
On Sunday, September 29, a new statue of St. Michael will be dedicated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. Discovering that there would be an additional procession of banners, music director Bill Picher asked if I would make a short fanfare arrangement of the tune “National Hymn’ to provide music for the extra procession. With only a few days to complete the project, I got to work as quick as I could.
Here’s a video from a rehearsal at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen:
This recording by the Basilica Choir and William Picher includes my composition Salve Regina. The piece was written specifically for them, and I was delighted that they chose to include it on their recording.
The CD is available for sale for $15 plus shipping and handling. It is also available at iTunes for immediate download here. This is the complete track list:
Haec Dies (William Byrd)
O Bone Jesu (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
Verbum Caro Factus Est (Hans Leo Hassler)
Alma Redemptoris Mater (Palestrina)
Regina Caeli Laetare (Antonio Lotti)
Riu, Riu, Chiu (Anon. Spanish)
Exsultate Deo (Palestrina)
I See His Blood Upon the Rose (Michael Bedford)
At the Cross Her Station Keeping (13th cent., arr. Richard Proulx)
Were You There? (Spiritual, arr. Harry T. Burleigh)
Gabriel’s Message (Basque Carol, arr. Jonathan Rathbone)