Sunday, 02.17.19 Keyboard music today is by J.S. Bach in arrangements for the modern piano by two British composers. Prelude is a transcription of “My Soul doth Magnify the Lord” made by John Ireland (1879-1962), while Postlude is a setting of “O Hail this Brightest of Days” by Constant Lambert (1905-1951). The anthem is “O Praise the Lord, my soul” by Mikail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935) in a chant style typical of the Russian Orthodox Church. St. John’s Choir and Thanksgiving guest choirs from Ross and San Anselmo sang this hymn together for our joint evening service in 2017.
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.