A fanfare on the Handel-composed hymn tune "Gopsal" begins morning worship by British composer David Willcocks. Well-known for his soaring Christmas descants on carols such as "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" (heard annually at Plymouth!), his brief and punchy call to worship exudes a savvy contemporary air.
July has been a month of toccatas at the postlude and so why stop now! Toccata comes from the Italian term 'toccare' meaning "to touch." It usually infers a virtuosic work meant to be flashy and technical. The "Toccata giocosa" ('giocosa' meaning playful) by William Mathias is a whimsical and creative take on the traditional toccata form. This sectional work brings the listener on an adventurous journey of harmony, rhythm, and timbre.
Each week, Director of Music Mark Heiskanen writes a Music Minute previewing the upcoming Sunday's musical offerings and occasionally opines on other music-related topics.
We are blessed by an engaging music program at Plymouth!
Mark Heiskanen has been Plymouth's Director of Music since September 2017. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Mark has experience and great interest in a diverse range of musical styles including jazz, rock, musical theatre, and gospel. He is thrilled to serve a congregation and staff that values diversity and inclusion in all facets of life.