Hello friends at Old First!
Yes, it’s been a while since I was at the organ at church, but that time will come again this Sunday, April 21st – Easter Sunday.
In honor of this joyous day, I’ll be playing a “Trumpet Voluntary,” originally written by Henry Purcell (ca. 1658-1695) as the Prelude to worship at 11 am.
Though Purcell is often remembered for his vocal and orchestral music, he also wrote several harpsichord pieces that have their own charm and command of melody. Many are part of harpsichord suites that include dance movements, such as a minuet or courante, common during Purcell’s time. Others are “voluntaries,” like the “Trumpet Voluntary” I’ll be playing, which was also written for harpsichord by Purcell, but has been arranged for organ by Walter E. Buszin.
I hope you enjoy it. Happy Easter blessings to you all!