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Treasures of the Singing Church

January 6, 2011

I am in the middle of cataloging some new organ music and just finished entering a great collection I thought I’d share.  It is called Treasures of the Singing Church (in 2 volumes) and is published by Concordia Publishing House.  It is a collection of choral preludes based on hymns tunes from the Seventeenth Century.

In many ways Treasures of the Singing Church functions as a continuation of Achzig Choralvorspiele (80 Choral Preludes), certainly one of the cornerstones to any Lutheran organist’s library.  There are many pieces by Johann Walther, Georg Telemann, & Johann Pachelbel, as well as more modern composers like Max Reger, Theodore Beck, Jeffrey Blersch, Henry Gerike (who edited the collection), Kevin Hildrebrand, and others who regularly publish with CPH.  The majority of the hymn tunes have multiple settings.

I look forward to using this collection in the years to come.  I am going to use the final piece in the collection (Kevin Hildebrand’s setting of Wie Schön Leuchtet) this Sunday.  So I would recommend that you check it out.

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From → Church Music, Hymns

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