Today marks an important day in the church calendar for Lutherans and many Protestants in the United States and around the world, and is especially notable this year as preparations are underway for the Reformation 2017 Celebration (in, you guessed it, 2017). "Why?" ask the uninitiated. In Lutheran and Protestant circles, the last Sunday of … Continue reading Reformation Sunday–What Is It?
An auditory treat for you in the lead-up to Reformation Day. Piffaro (whose members are a common sight here in the DC area) really do a great job showcasing the versatility of the recorder consort here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uAPSfpksYs
Given that our featured work for the podcast is Gerhard's Sacred Meditations, I found this piece to be happily timed. Just posted today, and worth the read: "Why Karl Barth Should Have Just Read Johann Gerhard", by Nathan Rinne and Paul Strawn on Just and Sinner. Here's an excerpt: Hermann Rahtmann was a Lutheran pastor who, … Continue reading Reblog: “Why Karl Barth Should Have Just Read Johann Gerhard” (Just & Sinner)
At some point in the near-distant future I'll begin uploading spoken-word recordings of Gerhardt's hymns (as a solo-singer, I consider myself more in the "goose-farts on a muggy morning" camp that Leo Kottke so eloquently described--I like to hide in the four-part harmonies 😉 ), but until then, here's a gorgeous recording from the Choir, … Continue reading More Great Music: “Mit Paul Gerhardt durch das Kirchenjahr” (2012)
HT to Trent Demarest of Pseudepigrapha for originally posting a link to this album. This album presents a good assortment of the music of Gerhard and Gerhardt's time, with pieces and settings from Nikolaus Hermann, Melchior Vulpius, Philipp Nicolai, Johann Walther, Johann Christoph Pezel (who, in addition to his compositions and works on music theory, … Continue reading Great Music from the Age of Lutheran Orthodoxy