Augsburg Fortress

Stars: Eight Organ Settings

Stars: Eight Organ Settings

There is a wide variety of style and mood in this collection, with pieces appropriate for every part of a service or for recital, and hymn sources from Baroque to traditional and gospel.
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  • Publisher Augsburg Fortress
  • ISBN 9781506413648
  • Dimensions 9 x 12
  • Pages 32
  • Season/Occasion Advent; Christmas; Epiphany
  • Difficulty Easy-Medium
  • Voicing Organ
  • Publication Date April 13, 2016

Composer Commentary

I sent Norma Aamodt-Nelson a quiet setting of WACHET AUF in late 2014, and she suggested adding pieces to form a collection centering around the Advent to Epiphany season. Most of the tunes I chose have “stars” in the title, there being few images more vibrant than those givers of light. Norma also mentioned that “The First Noel” could have a new setting, and the text of this carol fit in well with the idea of stars, or the star. I decided to give it a “slow waltz” tempo somewhat in the style of Erik Satie. The pieces vary from the exuberant “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star” to the quiet “Creator of the Stars” to the gospel hymn “Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown” to the rhythmic “In Thee Is Gladness” (my favorite, if a composer can have a favorite) for manuals alone, the more traditional “What Star Is This,” and the afore-mentioned WACHET AUF. In this collection as in all the others, I wish to present music that may be useful, particularly for organists who like to find repertoire that is “a bit different.”