Music for reflection
Here you can find music recordings that may be helpful to you while we cannot physically meet up as a community.
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Organ music from Holy Trinity
These one-take recordings are offered in the spirit of what may be helpful to you;
they are as near to live recordings as is possible without a physical audience
- Bach: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gros
- Bach: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier
- Camilleri: Wine of Peace
- Hindemith: Sonata no 2 - Ruhig bewegt
- Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
- Reger: Melodia in B flat
- Telemann: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend
- Zachau: Christ lag in Todesbanden
Johann Sebastian Bach: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gros BWV622
The first section opens addressing the listener O Mensch (O human being) and asking us to remember and deplore our great sin (Sünde groß).
Jesus Christ left his Father's bosom, came to Earth (kam auf Erden), born of a virgin for us (für uns), wanting to become a mediator (Mittler).
The second section reminds us that he gave life to the dead and removed all sickness (all Krankheit), until it became urgent that he was sacrificed for us, carrying the heavy load of our sins (unsrer Sünden schwere Bürd), long on the cross.
The melody goes back to Matthäus Greiter, around 1524, and appears in Strasbourg hymnals of 1525 and 1526 titled "Beati immaculati. Psalm 119"
Wikipedia (adapted), retrieved 20/03/2020
Johann Sebastian Bach: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV731
Charles Camilleri: Wine of Peace
A reflective piece for organ by the Maltese composer Charles Camilleri.
A slow-moving right-hand melody is accompanied by a "halo" in the left hand and pedal.
Paul Hindemith: Sonata no 2: Ruhig bewegt
Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
The German title means both “mirror in the mirror” and “mirrors in the mirror” and suggests an infinity of images seen in parallel plane mirrors.
Originally composed for violin and piano, just before the composer left his native Estonia for Berlin, this three-voice work – the first of which consists of rising crotchet 2nd-inversion chords, and reminiscent of the opening of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata – is simplicity itself.
The composer was fascinated by the idea of a single note played beautifully, likening it to a bell, resulting in his term “tintinnabulation”.
This music is heard in the movie “Gravity”.
Max Reger: Melodia in B flat
Nine pieces for organ, op. 129, no. 4 (1913)
Georg Philip Telemann: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend
Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau: Christ lag in Todesbanden
played on the chamber organ