Settings of: Ein Feste Burg
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 1996 11:53:49 CST
From: "Charles Fuller"
Subject: A Mighty Fortress Compilation
Dear Choralist Subscribers,
The following is a compilation of responses to a request for
subscribers' favorite settings of "A Mighty Fortress is our God" in
either English or German. Thanks so much for your responses!
====================================================================A Mighty Fortreess is Our God arr. Carl Muller was recommended by
R.D. Mathey, Bowling Green State Univ. Ohio
M.J. Palmer, University of North
Susan Hoffman, Lord of Life Lutheran Church,The Woodlands, TX
==================================================================Bob Prowse of the University of North Alabama recommends Bach Cantata
80 - hands down.
====================================================================Vern Sanders recommends Hassler's Ein Feste Burg, published by Thomas
====================================================================C. J. Liotta's favorite is the original Scheidt 2-voice Ein Feste
Burg. "It's flavor is wonderful!"
====================================================================GLAD, the acappella group, has an excellent TTBB version recommended
by Paul Sinasohn and Susan Hoffman Lord of Life Lutheran Church, The
====================================================================William J. Bullock" of Columbus State Univ., Columbus, Ga.recommeds
"I think Keith Bissell (spelling??) has a fine arrangement with
instruments (I think strings) published by a Canadian publisher.
Sorry I cannot be more specific."
==================================================================== MARK ANDREW LAYCOCK recommends the Benjamin Harlan arrangement with
====================================================================Andy Masso of The Blue Church describes the arrangement by Mark Hayes.
Starts very upbeat and syncopated, a nice lyrical middle section for
women, big transition into a chorale style finish. Great
accompaniment. Always a hit:)
===================================================================="Behold, God is My Salvation" by Walter Pelz recommended by Paul
Nesheim of Concordia College, Moorhead, MN It is an Augsburg
publication (11- 2129) but is permanently out of print.
(At the end of the piece, the choir sings portions of the psalm text
while the congregation/audience simultaneously sings one stanza of "A
====================================================================Walter Krueger of Concordia University Portland Oregon USA recommends:
Paul Bunjes: "A Mighty Fortress" pub. by Concordia Publishing and
Bisbee: "A Mighty Fortress" also pub. by Concordia.
====================================================================Richard Householder recommends a setting by Melchior Franck published
====================================================================Mark Gresham recommends an arrangement by John Dressler "...from the
1970's, I think) that had been published by Belwin and which is
probably out of print, but was for two choruses (SAB teens plus SATB
adults) brass and organ (I think there were also timpani and snare
drum parts which Dressler added) which was quite good, IMHO, and very
practical. Last known whereabouts of John Dressler was a small town
====================================================================Robert Ross, Artistic Director of the Voces Novae Et
Antiquae of Philadelphia, PA composed an arrangement for mixed
choir, congregation, brass 5tet & organ about 15 years ago,
====================================================================David Held, Concordia College Seward, Nebraska recommends:
Schalk, Carl, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." Concordia
SATB 98-1842 $.60
Bisbee, B. Wayne, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." Concordia
House. SATB, brass. Score 98-2799 $5.50, Choir 98-2821 $.60,
parts 98-2827 $4.75.
Charlie Fuller, Associate Professor of Music | /_
Coordinator of Choral Music Education Studies | /
Acting Chair, Department of Church Music | /
Jones School of Fine Arts | /
Ouachita Baptist University | * /
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