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The Art of the Chorale, Vol. 1
(Audio CD)
John Ayer directs the Memphis Boychoir and Memphis Chamber Choir

John Ayer, founding director of the Memphis Boychoir and Memphis Chamber Choir, offers a program that illustrates the connection between ancient chorale tunes and the manner which composers have elaborated and embellished the chorale melodies over the centuries in the form of organ chorale-preludes.  The Memphis Boychoir and Chamber Choir sing the chorales, and John Ayer performs the related organ works on two organs in Arkansas by organ-builder Nichols & Simpson.

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Product Description


Format: Digital Audio CD
Catalog Number:  CD 7064
Length: 69′ 10″
Tracks: 29
Organ: Nichols & Simpson
Venue: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Memphis, Tennessee USA
Christ Episcopal Church, Little Rock, Arkansas USA
Greene Chapel, Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas USA
Recorded: 5/21/1999
Released: 10/10/1999
Producer: Frederick Hohman
Notes Author: Alfred Mann, John David Peterson
Notes Language: English
Graphics Format: 8pp book, traycard, jewel box
UPC #: 636077706424


Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott
1. Organ Setting, Jan Janca
2. Chorale, Johann Walter
3. Organ Setting, J. S. Bach

Ein’ feste burg
4. Chorale, Martin Luther
5. Organ Setting, Johann Nicholaus Hanff
6. Organ Setting, Russell Schultz-Widmar

Aus tiefer Not
7. Chorale, Martin Luther
8. Organ Setting, J. S. Bach
9. Organ Setting, Jean Langlais

Ich dank’ dir
10. Chorale, Darren Raley
11. Organ Setting, Johann Christoph Bach
12. Organ Setting, Sigfrid Karg-Elert

Wie Schön Leuchtet
13. Chorale, Hugo Distler
14. Organ Setting, Georg Philipp Telemann
15. Organ Setting, Paul Manz

O Welt, ich muss dich lassen
16. Chorale, Heinrich Isaac
17. Organ Setting, Max Reger
18. Organ Setting, Emma Lou Diemer

Der Tag der ist so Freudenreich
19. Chorale, Michael Praetorius
20. Organ Setting, Dietrich Buxtehude
21. Organ Setting, Marcel Dupré

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele
22. Chorale, Johann Crüger
23. Organ Setting, Johann Gottfried Walther
24. Organ Setting, Peter Hurford

O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid
25. Chorale, James Peebles
26. Organ Setting, Johannes Brahms
27. Organ Setting, Healey Willan

Lobe den Herren, den Mächtigen König
28. Chorale, 17th Century
29. Organ Setting, John Ayer

Memphis Boychoir and Memphis Chamber Choir
Founded in 1988, the MEMPHIS BOYCHOIR is a non-denominational, non-sectarian ­ensemble, whose purpose is to develop a variety of musical and leadership skills among boys in the greater Memphis community, and to provide a performing outlet for talented young singers. Learn more…

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