About Sunday’s Music (08.13.17): For the prelude, we will not repeat the lovely Aria in F by G.F. Handel from last week (as per the printed bulletin) but introduce a further example of this composer’s mastery of international styles. We hear an Adagio in E minor, adapted (transposed) from the Flute Sonata HWV 367a. This time, the music is set in the French style with its distinctive dotted figures. Offertory music will be for the organ in the form of a Fantasia by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706), friend of the Bach family and composer of the now-famous “Canon in D”. Our postlude is entitled “Psalm XIX” and was written by the Venetian composer Benedetto Marcello (1668-1739), a nobleman who combined careers in music and law.
Music at St. John’s: Music is an integral part of our worship services. The festive 10am service on Sunday features choir and organ. Our 9am service is a blend of eclectic and fun music led by members of the parish. Music at St. John’s is exciting, inspiring, and communicative. To sign up for one of our choirs, or to learn more about music at St. John’s please contact David Montgomery, Director of Music via email or at 415.456.1102, x111.
The Organ at St. John’s: In 1961 the Aeolian-Skinner Company of Boston installed the two-manual, 34-stop forerunner of our present sanctuary organ. In 2001 J. Nelson and Company enriched the instrument by the addition of 61 digitally-sampled voices and a 3-manual console from the Allen Company in Pennsylvania, allowing the performance of repertoire ranging in style from baroque to contemporary. The dedicatory concert of the present organ was given by the late Dr. Philip Hahn, then Music Director at St. John’s. Images of the instrument may be viewed here.