Required Resources: Organ
The stately Britsh tune, Engelberg, by Charles Villiers Stanford, is arranged here by The Rev. Dr. John T. Martin, Jr, a retired Methodist pastor who served in Virginia and on mission trips throughout the world.
Stanford, a Romantic Era composer born in Ireland and trained in England and Germany, wrote Engelberg for the collection Hymns Ancient and Modern, published in 1904.
In the Martin organ piece, beginning in a fantasia style with phrases reminiscent of the hymn tune, the hymn tune itself arrives in measure 43 in G Major.
A journey through various other keys ensues (B-flat Major, D-flat Major, C-sharp minor), the melody appearing in soprano, tenor and soprano parts.
The piece ends triumphantly in D-flat Major, with full manual chords over a stable pedal part.
The eighth notes at the end of the hymn tune become the motivic material for a rousing Coda.
The composer writes in a familiar British style, perfectly suited to the hymn tune.
The modulations between the keys are deftly handled and the overall effect is one of stately grandeur.
In its 126 measures, When In Our Music God Is Glorified would make a fine festive prelude, an extended postlude, or an intriguing contemporary recital piece.
Order #: 6054
- Hymns and Carols
- Ordinary Time