Academic journal article The Hymn

A Blue Cloud Abbey Organ Book for Lent

Academic journal article The Hymn

A Blue Cloud Abbey Organ Book for Lent

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A Blue Cloud Abbey organ book for Lent compiled and arranged for organ by Christopher Uehlein. Augsburg Fortress (ED015053)

This collection of thirty-nine entries is organized in alphabetical order. It contains thoughtful arrangements and settings of hymn tunes for the Lenten season both well known and not so well known. Many pieces, using the pedal board sparingly, and occasionally restricting the manuals to only one keyboard, are accessible to a good pianist who is just learning to play the organ. The pieces are generally written in even flowing note values without rhythmic contrasts, and registrations are overall sober. Most are one to two minutes in length, making them especially suitable for smaller congregations where service music may need to be shorter by necessity.

Following are short descriptions of four selections:

"As the deer runs to the river" - a tonal contrasting registration set up to emphasize JULiON on the Choir Solo Flute 8' with Tremolo. Two unpretentious modulations, as well as a well-decorated tune in the middle section, keep interest vivid. The pedal is held throughout as a sustained tone, changing on occasion to neighboring pitches.

"Go to dark Gethsemane" - The tune gethsemane (or redhead 76, or petra) is used homophonically on a single manual, syncopated and broken down in responsive form two measures at a time. …

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