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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

A Mighty Fortress

…music in observance of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation.

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Hour 1

ROBERT HEBBLE: Festival Piece on A Mighty Fortress –Patrick A. Scott (2013 Parkey/Providence United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NE) Raven 969

J. N. HANFF: Ein feste Burg –Andreas Schröder (1823 Hesse/Lukaskirche, Mühlberg) Unda Maris 0181

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Ein feste Burg –Joseph Payne (1983 Metzler/Stadtkirche, Zofingen, Switzerland) Centaur 2311 (with Pachelbel stack in office)

J. S. BACH: Ein feste Burg, BWV 720 –Jonathan Dimmock (1738 Müller/St. Bavo Church, Haarlem, The Netherlands) Loft 1131

JEAN LANGLAIS: Ein feste Burg –Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble; Friedrich Kircheis (2013 Kern/Frauenkirche, Dresden, Germany) Berlin Classics 0300848

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Ein feste Burg. BRADLEY LEHMAN: Ein feste Burg –Martin Hodel, trumpet; Bradley Lehman (1995 Beckerath/Martin Luther Church, Emden, Germany) LARIS 1001

JOHANN CHRISTOPH BACH: Ein feste Burg –Douglas Bush (1985 Schönfield/Parish Church, Dornheim, Germany) KBYU 9603 (on library shelf)

AARON DAVID MILLER: Fantasy-Improvisation on Ein feste Burg –Aaron David Miller (1979 Fisk/House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 5/2013)

REGER: Denn der Herr ist freundlich/Ein feste Burg, fr Psalm 100, Op. 106 –International Reger Choir/Gabriel Dessauer, director; Ignace Michiels (1985 Mayer/St. Bonifatius Church, Wiesbaden, Germany) Dessauer 2004

Hour 2

BACH: Cantata No. 80, Ein feste Burg (opening chorus) –Empire Brass Quintet; William Kuhlman (1978 Sipe/Center for Faith and Life, Luther College, Decorah, IA) Telarc 80614

DANIEL GRONAU: Variations on Ein feste Burg –Matteo Venturini (2005 Ghilardi/Church of San Rocco, Larciano, Pistoia, Italy) Brilliant Classics 95310/20

GERHARD KRAPF/HELMUT WALCHA/PAUL SIFLER: Ein feste Burg –John Eggert (1983 van Daalen/Jehovah Lutheran Church, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams Archive (r. 11/20/83)

SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: Ein feste Burg, Op. 65, Book V, no. 3 –Elke Volker (1911 Steinmeyer/ Christuskirche, Mannheim, Germany) Aeolus 10991

MAX REGER: Chorale-preludes, Ein feste Burg (Op. 135a; Op. 79b; Op. 67) –Friedhelm Flamme (1901 Sauer-2001 Scheffler/Lutherkirche, Bad Harzburg, Germany) Motette 12821

MAX REGER: Chorale-Fantasy, Ein feste Burg, Op. 27 –Isabelle Demers (1944 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Amarillo, TX) Acis 01901

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther wrote to his bishop, Albert of Mainz, in what Luther viewed as a scholarly objection to several Church practices. He enclosed in his letter a copy of his "Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences", which came to be known as the Ninety-five Theses. Luther’s intention was not to confront the Church, but nontheless, according to legend, on this same day he is said to have tacked a copy of his theses on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, and Christendom has never been the same.

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