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Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal Hymn number 12, aka “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People” arranged for Soprano and Bass Clarinets.

PSALM 42 (Freu Dich Sehr).
8 7, 8 7, 7 7, 8 8.
Brightly
Genevan Psalter, 1551
Johannes Olearius, 1611-84
Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-78 a.

Here’s a pdf of the arrangement: 012.ServiceBookAndHymnal

Another oldie, but goodie. I did all the parts on soprano clarinet, then doubled the tenor and bass parts on bass clarinet. Applied the usual Audacity Reverb Effect, “Large Room”.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal

16.June.2016

When I get frustrated with my ability to play the “right” notes, I take some time off to play the “left” notes, instead.

When I was putting my bass clarinet together, I noticed that the sound of the keys closing was pretty cool and kind of similar to the sound of the African instrument called the Mbira.

So I recorded the keys closing as the percussion track for this tune. Now I just need to figure out how to use Audacity to make a loop out of it.

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Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal Hymn number 11, aka “O How Shall I Receive Thee” arranged for Soprano and Bass Clarinets.

ST. THEODULPH.
7 6, 7 6.
D.
(Valet Will Ich Dir Geben)
Vigorously
Melchior Tescner, 1584-1635
Paul Gerhardt, 1607-76
Tr. Composite

Here’s a pdf of the arrangement: 011.ServiceBookAndHymnal

2 Soprano Clarinets playing the “soprano” part and a single clarinet playing “alto”. Single Bass Clarinet on Tenor and Bass parts.

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Red Service Book and Hymnal

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Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal Hymn number 10, aka “The King Shall Come” arranged for Soprano and Bass Clarinets.

Farrant.
C.M.
In moderate time
Richard Farrant, cir. 1530-80
John Brownlie, 1859-1925
Based on the Greek
From Hymns of the Russian Church by permission of the Oxford University Press

Regarding the information above, I believe the first line is the identifier of the hymn. The second line indicates the meter of the text, in the case CM or Common Meter. The third line is the tempo and feeling. The fourth line is the composer of the music. The fifth line is the author of the text.

This is certainly another stately hymn and based on the lifetime of the composer, 1530-80, probably the oldest tune to date.

Here is the pdf of the clarinet arrangement: 010.ServiceBookAndHymnal

Since it is such an old tune, I figured a few more voices would be appropriate, so I recorded each part 3 times. After recording, I panned the voices to sequential areas in the stereo mix and applied the Reverb Effect with the “Church Hall” settings.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal

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Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal Hymn number 9, aka “Prepare the Way, O Zion!” arranged for Soprano and Bass Clarinets.

MESSIAH.
7 6, 7 6, 7 7, 6 6.
In stately manner
Swedish Melody, XVII cent.
Frans Mikael Franzen, 1772-1847
Tr. Augustus Nelson, 1863-1949

This is a very “stately” hymn, with lots of very typically hymn-ish flourishes.

Definitely brings back memories of being in a drafty Wisconsin Lutheran Church.

Here’s the pdf of the arrangement: 009.ServiceBookAndHymnal

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Red Service Book and Hymnal

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Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal Hymn number 8, Second Version, aka “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates!” arranged for Soprano and Bass Clarinets.

MACHT HOCH DIE TUR
8 8, 8 8, 8 8, 6 6.
Joyfully
Freylinghausen’s Gesangbuch, 1704
Georg Weissel, 1590-1635
Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-78 a.

This is kind of a more interesting arrangement, more 4ths used as intervals. Very fragile harmonies. I really tried to play delicately, yet concentratedly as I could, and be as close in intonation as possible. Tricky on the bass clarinet while playing so quietly! I recorded the Soprano vocal part twice on soprano clarinet, and the rest of the parts once. As usual processed it with the “Large Room” Reverb effect in Audacity.

Here’s the pdf of the arrangement: 008b.ServiceBookAndHymnal

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal

008a.ServiceBookAndHymnal

Hymn No 8 (First Version) from the Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal, aka “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates!”, arranged for Soprano and Bass Clarinets.

TRURO. L.M.
With Spirit
Thomas Williams
Psalmodia Evangelica, 1789
Georg Weissel, 1590-1635
Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-78

My clarinet teacher frequently tells me that I need to concentrate my sound and use dynamics in my playing. So, for this one, I tried to concentrate on my playing and sound as much as possible and keep it under control. I also played further from the microphone.

Here’s the pdf of the arrangement: 008a.ServiceBookAndHymnal

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal

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Hymn No 7 (Second Tune) from the Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal, aka “Wake, Awake!”, arranged for Soprano and Bass Clarinets.

WACHET AUF
Irregular.
Jubilantly
Philipp Nicolai, 1556-1608
Adapted and harm. by J.S. Bach, 1685-1750

Yes, THAT J.S. Bach! He actually liked this hymn’s skeleton enough that he hung a whole Cantata on it (Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140)!

“Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Awake, calls the voice to us), BWV 140, also known as Sleepers Wake, is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach, regarded as one of his most mature and popular sacred cantatas. He composed the chorale cantata in Leipzig for the 27th Sunday after Trinity and first performed it on 25 November 1731.”

Here’s the pdf of my arrangement: 007b.ServiceBookAndHymnal

My wife was reading the lyrics I had posted with the previous version of the hymn, (007.ServiceBookAndHymnal) and said, “This sounds scary! What is it about?”

I have to say, I hadn’t given it much thought, as I am pretty shallow. To me it was more about the idea that during different parts of our lives we are often “asleep” and it takes some thought, or an event, to “wake” us out of the slumber of everyday events.

Philipp Nicolai lived in Germany during the Plague years. He had seen friends and colleagues fall victim to it. It was a pretty terrible time to be alive. It probably seemed to him like the end of the world wasn’t too far off.

The Hymn references several things, first what is called, “The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins“, which comes from the New Testament of the Christian Bible, (Matthew 25:1–13,) which is usually interpreted to be about being prepared for Christ’s return to earth. It also references some scary bits from the book of Revelation. My favorite line, (“eye hath not seen, nor ear heard”,) comes from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 2:9), which, ostensibly is about the amazing stuff that the true believer will see in Heaven, but to me is more about how art, including music, can transcend our ordinary lives.

For this one, with all of J.S. Bach’s eighth notes and syncopation, I kept the overdubbing down to 2 soprano and 2 bass clarinets. It’s actually a pretty challenging piece, by hymn standards.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal

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Hymn No 7 from the Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal, aka “Wake, Awake!”, arranged for Soprano and Bass Clarinets.

Wachet Auf.
Irregular.
Jubilantly
Philipp Nicolai, 1556-1608
Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-78

Wake, awake, for night is flying,
The watchmen on the heights are crying,
Awake, Jerusalem, at last!
Midnight hears the welcome voices
And at the thrilling cry rejoices:
Come forth, ye virgins, night is past!
The Bridegroom comes, awake,
Your lamps with gladness take;
Aleluia!
And for his marriage feast prepare,
For you must go to meet him there. Amen.

Zion hears the watchmen singing,
And all her heart with joy is springing,
She wakes, she rises from her gloom;
For her Lord comes down all glorious,
The strong in grace, in truth victorious,
Her Star is risen, her Light is come.
Ah come, thou blessed One,
God’s own beloved Son,
Alleluia!
We follow till the halls we see
Where thou has bid us sup with thee.

Now let all the heavens adore thee,
And men and angels sing before thee,
With harp and cymbal’s clearest tone;
Of one pearl each shining portal,
Where we are with the choir immortal
Of angels round thy dazzling throne;
Nor eye hath seen, nor ear
Hath yet attained to hear
What there is ours;
But we rejoice, and sing to thee
Our hymn of joy eternally. Amen.

007.ServiceBookAndHymnal-Score_and_Parts

Overdubbed 4 clarinets for each part, again playing soprano clarinet on the soprano and alto voice parts and bass clarinet on the tenor and bass voice parts, for a total of 16. I then applied the Audacity “Large Room” Reverb effect. There’s a “Church” and “Cathedral” effect, but they end up kind of quiet and very echo-ey.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal

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Hymn No 6 from the Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal, aka “Hark, The Glad Sound”, arranged for Soprano and Bass Clarinets.

DIE HELLE SONNE. C.M.
In moderate time
Sigmund Gottlieb Staden, 1605-55
Philip Doddridge, 1702-51

 

Here’s the pdf of the arrangement: 006.ServiceBookAndHymnal

Overdubbed 4 clarinets for each part, again playing soprano clarinet on the soprano and alto parts and bass clarinet on the tenor and bass parts, for a total of 16. I then applied the Audacity “Large Room” Reverb effect. There’s a “Church” and “Cathedral” effect, but they end up kind of quiet and very echo-ey. I finally remembered to mute the metronome track.

“Let every heart prepare a throne, And every voice a song.” is a fine sentiment, whether you are religious or not.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal