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Hymn Concertati

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 10:05:19 AM by Zebulon Highben in anthem, in choir role, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in hymn concertato, in intergenerational, in lutheran

Amid the many questions we ask ourselves as church choir directors, one of the biggest is repertoire-related: What should we sing and why? While a single blog post can’t address that question thoroughly, I’d like to provide a few simple reasons why—as we continually choose between the myriad anthems, canticles, and cantatas that cross our desks—we shouldn’t neglect the category of the hymn concertato.

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What is Lutheran Church Music?

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 9:08:48 AM by Michael Krentz in lutheran, in music, in Potpourri

Around the church we can hear things like “that song is not very Lutheran!” Or “why don’t we sing any good Lutheran hymns?” Or “Lutheran church music is _____ (fill in the blank: beautiful, boring, diverse, dying, etc.).” Any such things pre-suppose that there are Lutheran songs or that there is Lutheran church music. So then quickly we ask “what is Lutheran church music?”

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