Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday morning concert--Your blogger at the keyboard


                         Blogger/keyboardist/Navy vet/cat care specialist Lee Hartsfeld

I have 51 minutes before it's no longer Sunday morning, so... to the notes.  For today's Sunday morning concert, some less familiar sacred tunes--though, if you're from Austria or Germany, the melody to The Lord Is My Shepherd melody should be anything but unfamiliar.  And I have no idea what I just typed.  Little sleep, lots of caffeine--that describes my state as I type this.

Anyway, the tune is Thomas Koschat's 19th century hit, Verlassen bin i.  If you've always wanted to hear it sung in a male a cappella version in the mountains, want no more: Verlassen bin i 2003.  It takes guts to put my own rendition next to this one, but no one ever said I lacked guts.  Of course, just because no one said it doesn't make it not true.

I was trying for a weirder sound on O Happy Home, but the one I got isn't too shabby.  It just needed more reverb.  Here's a nice alternate tune, by Felix Mendelssohn, to the O Happy Home text: O Happy Home.  You'll notice the pianist in the video plays with more pianistic feeling than I do--at some point, I decided that hymns work best when counted strictly.  Besides, strict counting helps a lot when you're piling up tracks.

And there's the fact I'm playing a sampled piano and not a real one.  (I'm a pro at making excuses.)

O Holy City, Seen of John is one of the coolest hymn tunes I've ever pulled out of a hymnal.  For some reason, I want to race through it, but I made myself slow down a spell, especially this morning when I played it for our offertory.

Today's prayer: For some approximation of spring to return.

Click here to hear: Sunday morning concert

O Holy City, Seen of John (Steggall, 1890)
I Walk with the King (B.D. Ackley, 1915)
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Koschat, 1862; arr. Excell)
O for a Closer Walk with God (Dykes, 1875)
Jesu!  Our Eternal King (Freylinghausen, 1704)
I Will Not Forget Thee (Charles H. Gabriel, 1889)
Who Will Gather? (Charles H. Gabriel, c. 1891)
O Happy Home, Where Thou Art Loved (Barnby, 1883)


Lee

11 comments:

Ignacio Esteban Hernández García said...

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Ignacio Esteban Hernández García said...

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Ignacio Esteban Hernández García said...

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Lee Hartsfeld said...

Thanks for telling me--I'll correct that. I uploaded the wrong file from my "Lee at the Casio" folder....

Sorry!

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Ignacio--Link corrected. I need to put my files in order.

And thanks for the awesome images! I've saved all of them. I'll need to create a special folder for your image manipulations!


Lee

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Aging Child said...

Lee, I'm glad Box is finally cooperating with you! I circled back and picked up your earlier offerings and have been enjoying them - and I'm not done yet. Thank you for a deep ladle now of the spiritual, especially these less-commonly heard classic works... perfect for a Sunday, and to carry us through the rest of the week. (I'm actually in the middle of some prayers right now.)

Cheers to you, and to all who call Cat Castle their home - best wishes to Ms. Bev, and prayers for her. I hope all is well with her, and getting ever better.

Warm regards,
A. Gene Childe

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Greetings! Glad you're enjoying the antique Pops. Bev, however, is not enjoying her antique joints!--at 81, she's as sharp-minded as a person can be, but she's outlived her shoulder and knee joints. We just saw a specialist about the former, and he wants her to use a lubricant made of (seriously) rooster combs. We're waiting for her insurance to approve or not approve.

Our cat family is down to 11--we've lost six this year to old age. The downside of owning so many felines... I'll be doing a tribute post to them when I can bring myself to it. Our weather is finally acting like spring weather, we have the gas cans filled for the riding mower, and it looks like the change of season is now official. Maybe!