Tag Archives: Olivier Messiaen

Surprise reunion — Surprise!!

“Kathy! What are you doing here?!” Those were the first words from organist Jonathan Dimmock, whose recital I attended this afternoon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles. Before going on this trip, I checked the … Continue reading

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A taste of heaven

When I got into the car this morning, of course public radio came on, and I immediately recognized the music. It was Olivier Messiaen’s Alleluias sereins d’une ame qui desire le ciel (Serene alleluias from a soul who desires heaven) from his … Continue reading

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Not bug music!

I recently overheard someone was looking forward to hearing the upcoming Duruflé Requiem but wasn’t so excited about hearing a new work by American composer Frank Ferko (born 1950) which is on the first half of the program. This person … Continue reading

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Necrology

I guess I had never heard the word “necrology” before (I could not have used the word in a sentence!) until I took a job as a parish administrator in an Episcopal church in 2004. It refers to a list of people … Continue reading

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Bridging the Centuries

You remember the legend of Sisyphus, don’t you?Sisyphus was a bad king whose punishment for his deceitfulness was to push a huge boulder up a hill, only to see it roll back to the bottom again. I had recalled this Greek myth … Continue reading

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Ferko and Messiaen

For Pentecost the LCH Choir will be singing one of the Hildegard motets by American composer, Frank Ferko. I was very interested to learn that Ferko is a graduate of Valparaiso University (the same alma mater as Allen Bauchle) and … Continue reading

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Mysterious Messiaen

It’s Pentecost this Sunday, a day I have always thought of as a “bookend” to the church music season — in spite of the fact that I have one more Sunday to play after that before going on vacation. For … Continue reading

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The organ prelude

Yesterday, our long-time friend from the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Randy Knutson, sent me this cartoon and it reminded me about what I wanted to write about for a long time — the organ prelude. Now, if we were … Continue reading

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Peter Maxwell Davies and Pentecost

For several weeks the choir has been working on two pieces for Pentecost by Peter Maxwell Davies: “Dum complerentur”  and “Veni sancte spiritus.” His music reminds me of Pentecosts past at LCH when the lesson was read in several foreign languages. … Continue reading

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Shifting into summer

With Memorial Day weekend past, we are now shifting into the summer schedule, starting this coming Sunday, June 5th. Last Sunday, Carl said to me, “This is my last 3-service Sunday!” referring to his being at the two morning services … Continue reading

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