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April 2013
April 30, 2013

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly….

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 ESV   We tend to think about the word of Christ as being the teaching and admonishing part. What about the “singing […]

April 10, 2013

Bach says: “Pull Out All the Stops!”

HAVE YOU EVERĀ heard this expression before? Bach is the one responsible for it! PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS: To put all of one’s energies into something. This literally refers to pulling out the “stops” in a pipe organ so the maximum amount of air is flowing through the pipes and the organ is playing with […]

April 6, 2013

Bach is Undisputed Winner in Keyboard Competition!

Summer 1717 Dresden newspaper headlines read “The Great Marchand Chickens Out!” JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH IS NOW VISITING THE COURT OF DRESDENĀ at the same time as the famous French organist Louis Marchand. The great Bach had not been in Dresden long before court luminaries began disputing which of the two–Marchand or Bach–was the better improviser. As […]

April 1, 2013

One of Bach’s Most Famous Compositions: Toccata and Fugue in D minor

As a church musician, Bach mostly played the organ for worship. What a sense of grandeur and power to see and listen to a pipe organ! Once you’ve had the opportunity to visit one, you’ll understand why Bach made a point of playing as many as he possibly could. What a powerful piece this is! […]