By Dr. Steven Seigart
Director of Music/Organist
Today’s music comes from a variety of sources and traditions, reflecting the rich ways in which the Spirit moves through time and space.
The Prelude is a jazz-influenced arrangement by organist, composer, and bodybuilder Joe Utterback, whose publishing company Jazzmuze endeavors to expand the organ’s standard idiom—especially church music!
The Anthem is a new arrangement of an Iona hymn found in Glory to God at #773 by John Bell and Graham Maule. Poignant and stirring, the text encourages us, as Jesus did, to “marry word and action” to go beyond “thoughts of compassion.”
And our postlude is by an English-born descendant of African slaves, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (not to be confused with the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge). His whose organ works show the influence of his teachers C. V. Stanford and Edward Elgar and the music of the African diaspora—especially that of Sierra Leone (his father’s heritage). The “Impromptu” (probably originally an improvisation) is full of rhythmic vitality, singable melodies and surprising harmonic choices, all wrapped in a tightly-constructed form that demonstrates Coleridge-Taylor at the height of his career (and just a year before his untimely death at age 37 from pneumonia).
Lastly, don’t forget to record a video of you and you family singing along to the “Amen” response at the end of the service! Find out more at opmh.org/amen.
My Hope is Built
—Joe Utterback (b. 1944)
Heaven Shall Not Wait
—John Bell (b. 1949), arr. Steven Seigart (b. 1990)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text by John Bell and Graham Maule (Iona Community), found at #773 in Glory to God
Impromptu No. 1 (1911)
—Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912)