In honor of Memorial Day, no lesson will be posted today. Come back next week for Lesson 19.
Interesting organ playing is not a matter of legato or non-legato, it's the artistic application of both with infinite variations in between. The trick is to create the illusion of 'real' instruments (like violins, flutes, oboes, trumpets, whatever, or singers) playing all those wonderful melodic lines. Playing with a blanket non-legato is no better, and maybe worse, than playing with a perfect, unbroken, 'wall-to-wall' legato. I think that goes for hymn playing as well as for Bach and most organ music. That's my opinion, and it's based more on practice than on academic study.I drew upon my background as flautist and band conductor and treated each melodic line individually, choosing where I would breathe if I were playing the piece on my flute, or where I would have the instrumentalists in my band breathe.
"Ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life" (See 2 Nephi 31:20).Marvin K. Gardner provides three wonderful verses that capture the beauty of Nephi's statement: "Press forward, Saints, with steadfast faith in Christ. . . . Press forward, feasting on the word of Christ. . . . Press on, enduring in the ways of Christ. . . . Thus saith our God: 'Ye have eternal life!'" And Vanja Y. Watkins provides a thrilling musical setting for this hymn.
As I search the holy scriptures, May thy mercy be revealed,President Howard W. Hunter provided a classic example of using the words of a hymn in support of teaching gospel principles when he addressed the April 1993 General Conference. He quoted the verses of "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee" in support of his testimony of the Savior, and he thus impressed a message on our minds that will be remembered for a long time because of his effective use of a hymn.
Soothe my troubled heart and spirit; May my unseen wounds be healed.
Angry words! Oh let them never / From the tongue unbridled slip;He started and finished the song, singing alone. "Well," said he, "let's try it again."
May the heart’s best impulse ever / Check them ere they soil the lip.
"Love one another," thus saith the Savior,
Children obey the Father’s blest command.
We should be careful what music we use in settings where we desire to contribute to worship. Many musical numbers good for other wholesome settings are not appropriate for church meetings. Our hymns have been chosen because they have been proven effective to invite the Spirit of the Lord. . . .
Soloists should remember that music in our worship services is not for demonstration but for worship. Vocal or instrumental numbers should be chosen to facilitate worship, not to provide performance opportunity for artists, no matter how accomplished. . . .
Our sacred music is a powerful preparation for prayer and gospel teaching. We need to make more use of our hymns to put us in tune with the Spirit of the Lord, to unify us, and to help us teach and learn our doctrine. . . . Music is an effective way to worship our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. We should use hymns when we need spiritual strength and inspiration. . . . We need to keep singing that we may draw ever closer to Him who has inspired sacred music and commanded that it be used to worship Him.