Thanks Dr. David Christiansen for this great music!

ORGAN ARRANGEMENTS OF HOLY WEEK HYMNS

 

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - Arrangements by Gilbert Martin and James Biery

Isaac Watts was one of the first English-language hymn writers. This great hymn deserves two hymn

tunes – the first is American, the second English.

 

Maundy Thursday

O Lord, We Praise Thee - Gunther Martin Göttsche

 

Good Friday

Jesus, I Will Ponder Now - David Christiansen and Paul Manz

O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken - Helmut Walcha

Were You There - Emma Lou Diemer

O Sacred Head Now Wounded - Bernhard Krol

Lamb of God, Pure and Holy J. S. Bach

Bach’s lengthy setting of this hymn is more of a theological meditation than a hymn arrangement.

The melody appears in the top part for the first stanza, then in the middle voice (go, altos!), and

finally in the pedal. The piece begins gently (“pure and holy” and “patient, lowly” in the hymn). In the

third stanza the mood shifts suddenly, and at “else had despair reigned o’er us” takes a very

dramatic and dissonant turn before a glorious “Thy peace be with us, O Jesus!”. This is truly a

triumphant proclamation of “it is finished” – our peace is gained through the cross.