Songs of faith and devotion—moved by a higher love (a new mode)
The tune for "Sweet Hour of Prayer" (1861) was written by William Bradbury, who also composed music for such well-known hymns as "Just As I Am" and "Jesus Loves Me." Based on a text attributed to William Walford, a blind English minister, the hymn expounds on the joy of being with God in prayer. The setting by William Bolcom from Book 4 of his Gospel Preludes serenely projects this moment of sublime communion in a highly chromatic idiom with surprising and interesting harmonic resolutions.
"How Firm a Foundation" is one of Christendom's most enduring and popular hymns of faith. Written by the enigmatic "K." (published in 1787), the text is usually paired with the familiar early American melody "Foundation." The toccata setting based on this tune by Craig Phillips is an exciting flourish of creative sections which keeps the well-known hymn tune ever front and center.
Violinist Amy Welsh offers the opening movement "Caprice" from Arches by American composer Kevin Puts. The entire five movement work alternates between caprices and arias and utilizes a pattern of key centers and arch-like figurations that provide an architectural symmertry to the entire work as a whole — arches.
At the 6:00 p.m. live in-person service, an eclectic blend of songs from the Iona and Taizé comunities will be shared on this Trinity Sunday evening. Violinist Amy Welsh (fresh from Sunday morning:) joins us again with lovely descants and a reprise of "I. Capriccio" from Arches.
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.