013.ServiceBookAndHymnal

Please turn your Lutheran Service Books and Hymnals to Hymn 13, “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending”.

STöRL.
8 7, 8 7, 4 7.
Majestically
Johann G. C Störl, 1675-1719
Charles Wesley, 1707-88 a.

Well, this one is a little scary.

Lo! he comes with clounds descending,
Once for favored sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending
Swell the triumph of his train:
Aleluia!
God Appears, on earth to reign

Every eye shall now behod him
Robed in glorious majesty;
Those who set at nought and sold him,
Pierced and nailed him to the Tree,
Deeply wailing,
Shall their true Messiah see.

Those dear tokens of his passion
Still his dazzling body bears;
Cause of wondering exultation
To his ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture
Praise we him for all his scars.

Yeah, amen, let all adore thee,
High on thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for thine own:
Aleluia!
Thou shalt reign, and thou alone!

Amen.

Pdf of the clarinet arrangement: 013.ServiceBookAndHymnal

Played all 4 parts on soprano clarinet, then doubled the bass and tenor parts on bass clarinet. The usual Audacity “Large Room” Reverb Effect.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal

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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

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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.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
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

Red Service Book and Hymnal
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

007b.ServiceBookAndHymnal

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.

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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 5 from the Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal, aka “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”, arranged for Soprano and Bass Clarinets.

ST. HILARY.
8 7 8 7. D.
With Dignity
Origin Uncertain
Charles Wesley, 1707-88

Here’s the pdf of the arrangment: 005.ServiceBookAndHymnal

Starting to get the hang of the recording software, Audacity, not to mention the arranging software, MuseScore.

I’m trying to get it to sound more like a Clarinet Choir, so this time I recorded 4 versions of each part and then mixed those down to a single track. The Bass Bass Clarinet part is on the far left, Tenor Bass Clarinet part in the middle left, Alto Soprano Clarinet part middle right, and Soprano Soprano clarinet part on the far right. After doing that for all 4 parts, a 16 clarinet choir, I added a final Soprano clarinet part of the Soprano part down the middle, ending up with a total of 17 clarinet tracks.

I did accidentally mix the click track into the Bass clarinet part while I was trying to figure out the whole “mix down” thing. Next time I’ll leave that out.

Finally, I used Audacity to a little Reverb, using the “Large Room” preset.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal