Praeludium in D Major (BuxWV 139) – Dieterich Buxtehude (d. 1707)
Sortie in E Flat Major – Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély (d. 1869)
Solemn Melody – Sir Henry Walford Davies (d. 1941)
Sonata I – Charles W. Ore (b. 1936 – )
Buxtehude was a Danish-German organist and composer. He Buxtehude was exposed to the organ at a young age, as his father, Johannes Buxtehude, was the organist at St. Olaf’s church in Helsingør. Dieterich was employed as an organist, first in Helsingborg (1657–1658), and then at Helsingør (1660–1668). St. Mary’s in Helsingør is the only church where Buxtehude was employed that still has the organ in its original location. Buxtehude’s last post, from 1668, was at the Marienkirche, Lübeck which had two organs, a large one for big services and a small one for devotionals and funerals. His works strongly influenced the young Johann Sebastian Bach. This Prelude is comprised of several sections. The introductory portion is improvisational in style, with some call and response. Then follows a fugal section with a thin texture. A bold declaratory statement leads into a toccata-like section and the piece ends with a flourishing statement.
Lefébure-Wély was a French organist and composer. He played a major role in the development of the French symphonic organ style and was closely associated with the organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, inaugurating many new Cavaillé-Coll organs. His music tends to be more accessible, not truly trying to provide answers, but are fun and at times even considered vulgar in his time. The term “Sortie” in French means “Exit”, so it most likely was intended to be used as a recessional. This is a fun piece to play, and gives the organ a sense of humor and festivity.
Davies was an British composer who at one time held the title “Master of the King’s Musick” following the death of Sir Edward Elgar in 1922. He was born into a family of organists, including his brothers and his uncle. He also composed music for orchestra, choir, and piano. This piece was originally written for organ and strings and avoids much of the English pomp or any sense of religiosity. Starting off on the softer stops, using the strings and flutes, and a bold solo on the 8’ stops of the Great. It grows to a grand crescendo, then suddenly drops back into the peaceful serenity of the start of the piece.
Dr. Ore is a retired professor of music at Concordia University in Seward, NE. He is an accomplished recitalist and composer. He has many works published by Concordia Publishing House, Morningstar Music, and Augsburg Fortress, including several recordings of his works. He continues to serve the church as organist of First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Ne. In the late 1970’s, Dr. Paul Bunjes of Concordia University Chicago suggested that composers work to create music that would serve the worship services. From this suggestion, the series called “Music for a Sunday Morning” was developed at Concordia Publishing House. These works were in three parts, functionally providing a Prelude, Voluntary, and Postlude for the organist. Ore was one of the contributors, and this work is the second in this series. Each of the three sections also have three parts.
Jeffrey A. White, MCM, CAGO has been the Minister of Music of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church since July 1, 2001, and served as Music Director of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Louis for ten years prior to that. He has been a church organist since 1982. He has been conducting handbell choirs since 1986, and vocal choirs since 1989. Jeff earned a Master of Church Music degree with an organ emphasis through Concordia University Wisconsin, having studied with Dr. John Behnke and Dr. Nancy Ypma. He has served on the board
of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), and also was an 8-year member of the executive board of the Gateway Ringers. Jeff has been ringing with this group since 1999. Jeff just also recently earned the “Colleague” certification through the AGO. His day job is working full time for MasterCard. Jeff lives in Oakville with his wife, two sons, and their lab-beagle mix dog.