June 9, 2007

Pange Lingua

Eucharistic meditation #2 for recorder and organ
Tobias Haller BSG

After the Ash Wednesday fire that destroyed most of the interior of St. Luke in the Fields, Manhattan, the congregation worshiped in the school gymnasium for five years, as rebuilding progressed. The musical accompaniment was provided through a small (four-rank) portatif organ; and on occasion I would supplement Bill Entriken's wonderful performances with a recorder solo. At one point, I composed a series of Eucharistic Meditations for this "combo" -- and this is one of them, here realized electronically.

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June Butler said...

Tobias, this is beautiful, but it's just not fair for one man to have so many gifts.

And now I think of the parables in the Gospels that answer those who complain to Jesus about fairness, the prodigal son, the workers in the vineyard, and I could go on, and I am ashamed of my complaint.

You give freely of your gifts, and that is the point of having them.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Thank you, dear Grandmère. I sometimes think that without music I would go mad! It serves as a powerful outlet and I'm glad to know that some actually enjoy listening to the results! To God alone the Glory...

Edward said...

Wow. This is a rather spectacular bit of counterpoint and beautiful as well! Bravo. I also admired your simple Magnificat recently. Are any of your musical works available for more general use? I'd be very interested in these two pieces. Once again, thanks.

Sally said...

beautiful- I have no more words