– please do scroll down to view a list of hymns used in this improvisation –
Organist George Matthew Jr. plays hymn improvisations for the congregation of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury, Vermont, on his piano amid a floral backdrop – our Father’s World. Reflections on these hymns were recorded at home, because our church like so many, is locked down because of the coronavirus.
Morning Has Broken
This is My Father’s World
Let all Things now Living
For the Beauty of the Earth
New Every Morning is the Love
Golden the Dawn
Recorded July 30, 2020
Ascension Day – Thursday, May 21, 2020
George Matthew plays Easter hymns on his piano at home for the congregation of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury, Vermont. These hymns were recorded at home, because our church like so many, is locked down because of the coronavirus.
Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise
See the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph
Hail Thee Festival Day
These were played as prelude and postlude on Cinco de Mayo Sunday 2018 at St. Stephen’s, Middlebury, VT.
Largo José Maria Nemesio Otano (1880 – 1956)
Fugato on a Basque Theme José Antonio De Erauzquin (1862 – 1953)
Organist George Matthew Jr. plays selections of well-known classical pieces on his piano at home for the congregation of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury, Vermont for Shepherding Sunday. Reflections on these pieces were recorded at home, because our church like so many, is locked down because of the coronavirus.
This Home Concert Series features our organist George Matthew Jr. performing on the carillon. These pieces were recorded Tuesday, February 6, 2001, 3:00 p.m. at the 16th International Carillon Festival, Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake Wales, Florida. They were first released on the church’s podcast one track at a time. If you are a podcast listener and would like to subscribe to our podcast please click here.
1. Rejoice, O Zion (Christmas Oratorio) composed J.S. Bach, arranged by Heleen van de Weele, and performed by George Matthew, Jr.
2. At the Tomb of the Heroes composed by Roger Vuataz and performed by George Matthew, Jr.
Roger Vuataz (1828-1988) was a pianist, organist, composer, and Director of the Geneva Conservatory. He wrote a four movement suite for the 56 bell carillon of First Presbyterian Church in Stamford CT in 1972. At the Tomb of the Heroes is the third movement.
3. An arrangement of Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria performed by George Matthew, Jr.
4. Song of the Ali Mountains composed by Liling Huang and performed by George Matthew, Jr.
Both Liling Huang and her husband Xia Hua, natives of Taiwan and China respectively, are virtuoso performers on traditional Chinese instruments and are 1995 graduates of the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium. Their carillon works demonstrate their mastery of Eastern and Western music, and of the unique medium of the carillon.
5. – 8. Celtic Suite – composed by Staf Gebruers and performed by George Matthew, Jr.
II. Andante Cantabile
Staf Gebruers was the first carillonneur of Cobh Cathedral, Ireland: his brother Jan was contemporaneously carillonneur of Antwerp Cathedral in Belgium, and his son Adrian has succeeded his father at Cobh. Celtic Suite utilizes many traditional Irish motifs, including “O’Carolan’s Concerto,” yet strongly reflects the Flemish carillon tradition.
Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bonds
He is Risen, Tell it Out with Joyful Voice
Come Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain
O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing
Thine is the Glory
At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
Hail Thee Festival Day
Christians to the Paschal Victim Offer Your Thanks and Praises
Jesus Live by Terrors Now No Longer Death Appall Us
The Strife is O’er
Welcome Happy Morning
Good Christians All Rejoice and Sing
Jesus Christ is Risen Today
This Joyful Eastertide
The Strife is o’er