"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

organ solo - Craig Phillips

Composer Craig Phillips
Price $16 (U.S.) Released 7/06
Difficulty Moderately difficult
Catalog no. 160-691

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This work is based on the popular hymn tune LOBE DEN HERREN which comes from the second edition of Ander Theil des Erneuerten Gesangbuch, published in Bremen, Germany, in 1665. In hymnals it is paired with Joachim Neander’s text from 1680 most often translated to English as "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation."

Craig Phillips has created in this eight movement partita a remarkable piece for recitals or service use that evokes the text in musical terms and will indeed give "Praise to the Lord." At times powerful and exciting, at times gentle and expressive, this piece is indeed a lasting contribution to organ literature with its inventive design and harmonic language.

"For a recital piece based on a hymn tune by an American composer, take a look at this piece. It is technically more demanding than those previously mentioned, and uses many resources of an instrument. One will find asymmetric meter, pedal solos, a fugue exposition, and a toccata, among other formal elements in the partita. Harmonically, this is fairly tonal and would make a good piece for a dedicatory program, demonstrating an instrument using a well-known hymn tune." --AAM Journal, May/June 2008


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