Music Notes

The following was received from Clark Williamson, director of music ministries:

Today [Sunday, December 22, 2013] our second service begins with a prelude played by the John Wesley Bell Choir. Their musical offering is a medley combining Christmas carols from two neighboring European countries. You will hear the “Rocking Carol” from the Czech Republic and “Still, Still, Still” from Austria. Besides ringing handbells, hand chimes are also incorporated to create a soft, mellow, and dreamy effect to depict the events of Christmas Eve; a shining star, wandering shepherds, and a heavenly host of angels proclaiming the wonder of the Christ-child’s birth.

Our Chancel Choir anthem is also in the form of a medley. Michael Clawson’s arrangement joins the carol “The First Noel” with “Canon in D” by 18th century Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel. A canon is a musical term describing a theme that is first introduced and then goes through several variations. Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” is heard quite a lot during wedding processions and background music for films. Another unique feature of this version of “The First Noel” is the extra beat, count in each measure. The accompaniment calls for duo pianists.

During this morning’s offertory the clarinet trio will play: “Coventry Carol”, “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella”, and “The First Noel.”