Musical contribution - A. van Vliet - March 2011
"Jesus meine Zuversicht" PDF
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Dear organist, Lent is once again upon us. Hence the choice for this beautiful choral. This month’s composer didn’t intend for this piece to be a passion choral. But – as the opening tells us – as a choral prelude during a funeral service.
In that context we can certainly understand his choice for such dark colours. He doesn’t use major until the melody appears.
August Grüters (1841-1911) was active, amongst other roles, as an organist and conductor. He established a name for himself during the period when he conducted the “Offenbacher Oratorium Chor”. He also built up his reputation by adapting Brahm’s Requiem for choir and 2 pianos.
Not many other compositions produced by him entered the history books.
You will see “Gravita, andante” at the top of the piece. “Gravita” is not a frequently used music term. However, we do come across it quite regularly in our general language use: “serious”. Together with the andante, the composer wants to warn us to keep the momentum going.
We would recommend only using 8-foot stops in the registration. There are obviously some exceptions to this rule. Imagine you have the opportunity to play this piece on a large Walcker organ, then there would certainly be a great deal of other colours which could be included. But generally we would recommend continuing with the registration instructions – providing we want to stick with the dark colours.
With musical greetings,
André van Vliet