Brass Ensemble Music for World Communion Sunday
Here is the initial song list for brass ensemble music for the 8:30 a.m. service for October 4th, World Communion Sunday – all songs of Prayer:
- Prelude (8:30 & 11:00 a.m.): “Sweet Hour of Prayer” (William B. Bradbury).
- Offertory: “Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel” (Engelbert Humperdinck) or “Beethoven’s Prayer” (his prayer to God as he lost his hearing; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHNL7hwz4PM ).
- Benediction/Response: Excerpt from “The Lord’s Prayer” for Brass Quintet (Albert Hay Malotte, arr. John Moss).
- Postlude: “The Lord’s Prayer” for Brass Quintet and/or “Prayer – From Jewish Life, No. 1” for Trombone and Piano (Ernest Bloch, transcribed by Gordon Cherry – see attached score; also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdm82JZMUL4 ).
“Evening Prayer” from the Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” Opera (Act 2, Scenes 2 and 3; see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hansel_and_Gretel_(opera) ) could perhaps be incorporated into the Children’s Time, or at least played in part as children come to the front. Here are the words to that music:
EVENING PRAYER (WHEN AT NIGHT I GO TO SLEEP) from “Hänsel & Gretel” (Engelbert Humperdinck):
When at night I go to sleep
Fourteen angels watch do keep
Two my head are guarding
Two my feet are guiding
Two are on my right hand
Two are on my left hand
Two who warmly cover
Two who o’er me hover
Two to whom ’tis given
To guide my steps to heaven
Sleeping sofly, then it seems
Heaven enters in my dreams;
Angels hover round me,
Whisp’ring they have found me;
Two are sweetly singing,
Two are garlands bringing,
Strewing me with roses
As my soul reposes.
God will not forsake me
When dawn at last will wake me.
Clearly from a time when entertainment still had a positive moral message and Christian overtones!