Music for Sunday 10.22.17 Today we hear music from Germany and Russia. The composer of our prelude is César Antonovich Cui (1835-1918), who grew up in several different cultures and spoke Russian, Lithuanian, Polish, and French. Like his fellow romantic composer Alexander Borodin, he maintained two careers – one as a musician and the other as an army officer and high ranking expert on fortifications (Borodin’s other career was as a chemist). Our postlude composer is Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), whose life and works are quite familiar to this congregation. The postlude has been renamed “Festal Fanfare” and has been fashioned from the Fourth Keyboard Concerto. Our anthem also has German origins. It is by an anonymous composer and has no title but is said to have been found among the so-called “Königsberg” manuscripts from the 18th century. The text (sung today in English) is “O Christians, now lift up your voices”.
Our Organ: 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.