Augsburg Fortress

Wondrous Birth: Seven Hymn Settings for Organ

Wondrous Birth: Seven Hymn Settings for Organ

Seven hymn tunes for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany are each given three settings in this publication: an organ solo setting for prelude/postlude, an introduction, and a harmonization for congregational singing. This collection is useful both as organ repertoire and for introducing new tunes to your congregation.
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  • Publisher Augsburg Fortress
  • Format Sheet Music
  • ISBN 9781506413662
  • Dimensions 9 x 12
  • Pages 56
  • Season/Occasion Advent; Christmas; Epiphany
  • Difficulty Medium
  • Voicing Organ
  • Publication Date April 13, 2016

Composer Commentary

Each time a new hymnal is published a fresh set of tunes is available for congregational song. Some are newly composed, but many—including most in this collection—are derived from folk songs drawn from an increasingly wide circle of cultures. Composers, organists, and song leaders are then blessed with a rich variety of melodies from which to draw inspiration, as well as a need to play settings that introduce and interpret these tunes for their congregations. While the particular inspiration for this collection was the 2013 publication of Glory to God by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), these tunes are also found in other denominational hymnals and supplements. Because hymns are primarily intended for the assembly to sing together, each organ setting is followed by an introduction and harmonization to enliven the congregational singing of these tunes during worship. This collection is dedicated to Nathan Proctor, for whom they were written and whose hymn playing continually inspires congregations to sing.