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Improvised variations on "Wij moeten Gode zingen"

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Uploaded by: marcothart (03/01/15)
Composer: * My Own Composition
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Laurenskerk - Main Organ - 1973 Marcussen & Son
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Improvisation
Many years ago I asked my former collegue organist: "What can I add to my concert program, I'm looking for something special and personal". He replied with: "Add an improvisation on one of your favorite hymns". And so I did ... :-)

The hymn I chose is "Wij moeten Gode zingen" by composer Willem Vogel (one of our finest Dutch church musicians).

The text, written by Willem Barnard, is not followed exactly in my improvisation. My variations are more focussed on the possibilities of the melody.

But to get an impression of the hymn, which sings of hallelujah, but also of kyrie and misericordia and finally of living in glory:

Wij moeten Gode zingen
om alle goede dingen
al zijn wij vreemdelingen
in schande en in scha,
Gij zendt uw zegeningen

Hij schenkt de levensadem,
Hij geeft de levensgeest,
in schande en in schade
is Hij nabij geweest,
aan al wie Hem aanbaden,
aan ieder die Hem vreest,
komt Hij, de Heer, te stade,
de minsten allermeest.

Al leeft uw volk verschoven
in 't land van vuur en oven,
in 't land van Babylon,
al is de hemel boven
voor mensen doof en stom,
nog moeten wij U loven
met stem en fluit en trom.

De lier hing aan de wilgen,
God zal ons niet verdelgen,
aan God zij gloria.
Zijn woord zal ons genezen,
zoals het was voor dezen
in Galilea.

Wij moeten Gode zingen
de Heer van alle dingen
die leeft in gloria,
met alle stervelingen,
niets komt zijn eer te na,
wij moeten Gode zingen

My improvisation develops from the Koraal (setting by Willem Vogel), via romantic strings, turbulant foundation stops, major scale with the melody in the tenor voice, a joyful Cornet duet to a fugue that grows up to a finale, first with the melody played by the full Pedal (in octaves), then by the chamades (accompanied by the full Great & Swell divisions).

It shows a lot of the big Marcussen; I hope that you'll like it!

Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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