Hear my silent prayer
Heed my quiet call
When the dark and blue surround you
Step into my sigh
Look inside the light
You will know that I have found you
from "Dreamcatcher" by Secret Garden
A dreamcatcher is a Native American talisman believed to offer protection to the home it resides in. We all seek protection from the universe, the divine, as we travel the roads of our lives. This Sunday, songs of faith and praise to accompany the journey.
The musical term cantabile means to perform in a flowing style in the manner of singing. César Franck premiered his "Trois pièces," which included "Cantabile," in 1878. This prayerful expressive work has been in the standard organ repertoire ever since. The solo reed stop evokes a soprano voice singing an aria supported by a sensuous and highly chromatic flute accompaniment.
Secret Garden is a group led by Irish violinist and vocalist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian composer and pianist Rolf Løvland. After winning the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest, they have gone on to sell over three million albums consisting primarily of instrumental compositions. Their work "Dreamcatcher" (from the 1999 album "Dawn of a New Century") begins and ends with a brief lyric expressing the mystery of solace in the universe. The music that follows is of a beautiful melancholic nature that surges with hope and beauty. Violinist Abigail Morgan joins us.
A hymn of praise closes the morning service with a setting of "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" by Baroque composer Johann Gottfried Walther. The well-known tune sounds gloriously from the pedal reeds as the manuals echo themes from the cantus firmus. Walther was also a respected organist and music theorist and held the distinction of being a contemporary and cousin to the most famed of all Baroque composers— Johann Sebastian Bach.
The 6:00 p.m. "eclectic" service certainly lives up to this description with music offered from the Celtic, jazz, early American, and gospel traditions. Violinist Harmony Tucker joins Blair and I for this diverse worship service on the eve of summer.