Lothar Graap (b. 1933) — Liturgische Suite, GWV 798 (2019) for organ
2) Offertorium: Wir weihn der Erde Gaben dir
3) Kommunion: Wir rühmen dich, König der Herrlichkeit
4) Nachspiel: Freu dich, du Himmelskönigin
“Liturgische Suite”, GWV 798 (2019) was written in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the consecration of the Banz (Germany) Stiftskirche. The composer writes: “My composition takes Catholic liturgy into account in two ways. On the one hand, I based it on tunes from the German Catholic hymn book, ‘Gotteslob.’ On the other hand, the movements refer to parts of the mass.”
Lothar Graap (b. 1933) is a German composer and church musician. Educated at the conservatory in Görlitz, his primary teachers were Eberhard Wenzel and Hans Schneider. He also studied with Helmut Bornefeld and Siegfried Reda. In 1954 he began a career as a professional church musician in Niemegk, and he pursued this work at several positions until his retirement in 1998 from Cottbus, where he had been cantor at the Klosterkirche. By the time of his retirement, he had performed and directed more than 1000 vespers services and concerts in Cottbus. Graap has composed more than 700 compositions in many forms, with a particular focus on organ and choral music.