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Sunday’s Worship Music

January 26, 2020

The Organ Voluntary
All Glory be to God on High – Georg Böhm

At the Offering
Youth Choir (8:30)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy – Maurice Bevan (11:00)

THIS MORNING’S ORGAN VOLUNTARY is from the pen of Georg Böhm (1661-1733).  Little is known about Böhm’s life until the age of 37 when, in 1698, he was appointed Organist of the Johanniskirche (St. John’s Church), the principal church in Lüneburg, a town in Lower Saxony not far from Hamburg.  In 1700, a young Johann Sebastian Bach arrived in Lüneburg to study at St. Michael’s School and sing in the choir at St. Michael’s Church (Michaleisschulle and Michaeliskirche).  Although the choirs of the two churches were not on good terms and it would have been difficult for a student at St. Michael’s to study with the organist at St. John’s, Bach’s apprenticeship with Böhm seems likely.  Some of Bach’s music shows Böhm’s stylistic influence, and the two were close enough that in 1724 Bach named Böhm as his northern agent for the sale of his music. This morning we hear Böhm’s setting of All Glory be to God on High, based on the famous hymn tune adapted from the tenth-century Gregorian Chant by Nikolaus Decius (1490?-1541).

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