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“Kyrie-Momentum”, centering on a dualistic (horizontal) expression of grief

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Original songs based on biblical passages 

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 “Gloria-Momentum”, centering on a (vertical) unity experience with the numinous, 
including arrangements of liturgical music and hymns 


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“Sanctus-Momentum”, centering on a (vertical) experience of the mystical, including arrangements of liturgical music and hymns, for example during communion. 

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Interpretation of religious doctrine within contemporary culture (“faith in my fashion”), including arrangements of hymns, spiritual songs and settings of poetry 


Lass leuchten uns dein göttlich Licht

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jazz oratorio for vocal soloist, narrator and jazz ensemble

I. Sola Gratia 

1  Präludium: Der Mensch (Texte: DB | 1. Korinther 18-20) 

2  Kyrie: Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein (Martin Luther) 

3  Response: Das stumme Kreuz  (Text: Christian Lehnert)   

4  Song: Spirits in the material world (Gordon Sumner) 

 

II. Sola Fide 

5  Credo: We All Believe in One True God   (ML, T.: CL | DB) 

6  Gloria: O Lord we praise you (Martin Luther)           

7  Response: Der Du bist drei in Ewigkeit  (T.: CL| l. Kor.2,1-5)

8  Song: Hope no higher (Text: John Milton)           

 

III. Sola Christus                 

 9  Sanctus: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland (ML, Luk. 6) 

10 Response: Song of Awareness (Texte: JM | DB) 

11 Benedictus: Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich (ML)

      & Agnus Dei Jesus Christus, unser Heiland (ML)

 

DB Dietrich Bonhoeffer | CL Christian Lehnert  |  JM John Milton |  ML Martin Luther

The world is closer together than ever before [...] but divided in dealing with the consequences of colonialism and the exploitation and destruction of the earth, such as climate change, pandemics, migration movements, social injustice and racism. It is overwhelmingly a time of conversion, pause, and reorientation: "How do we want to live?" - "How can we achieve change and make it sustainable, just and free?"

 

Let your Divine Light shine upon us, a work commissioned by the "Forum Reformation" movement

on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's main Reformation writings,

traces these questions from a Christian perspective from the roots of the

Reformation movement to the present day. [...] In the tradition of Luther, who often arranged hymns of the early church or folk songs in contemporary sound language for the Reformation services, this oratorio encompasses seven of Martin Luther's chorales, in addition to four of my own compositions and arrangements, which interpret core elements of Luther´s theology. Three biblical readings (Sola Scriptura) form the textual foundation, texts by other [...]significant Protestant Christians, John Milton, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Gordon Sumner and Christian Lehnert comment and complement.


Recorded at Schlosskirche (Castle Church) WIttenberg on 20 November 2020.

Carlos Bica– Kontrabass  | Marie Gitman – Oboe, Englischhorn | Arne Jansen – E-Gitarre

Esther Kaiser – Gesang, Lesungen | Carol McGonnell – Klarinette | Eric Schaefer – Schlagzeug 

Lauren Steinmetz – Cello| Uwe Steinmetz – Saxophon & Komposition


Recorded and produced by Rainer Ahrens for
Felicitas Records 2020

GOD IS NOW

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Cantata for Big Band, Mixed Choir and Organ

I. Entrance / Cherubicon 3 Canons in 15 parts 

II. CORO 1 communal choral Gott ist gegenwärtig. Lasset uns anbeten und in Ehrfurcht vor ihn treten. Gott ist in der Mitte. Alles in uns schweige und sich innigst vor ihm beuge. Wer ihn kennt, wer ihn nennt, schlag die Augen nieder; kommt, ergebt euch wieder.

III. Response: „Dedication“ 

IV CORO 2 / FUGATO Herr, komm in mir wohnen, lass mein’ Geist auf Erden dir ein Heiligtum noch werden; komm, du nahes Wesen, dich in mir verkläre, dass ich dich stets lieb und ehre. Wo ich geh, sitz und steh, lass mich dich erblicken, und vor dir mich bücken. 

V. Response: „Incarnation” 

VI. REZITATIV 1 (bassi) Wir entsagen willig allen Eitelkeiten, aller Erdenlust und Freuden; da liegt unser Wille, Seele, Leib und Leben dir zum Eigentum ergeben. Du allein sollst es sein, unser Gott und Herre, dir gebührt die Ehre. 

VII. Response: ”Renounciation” 

VIII. CORO 3 / SOLO Majestätisch Wesen, möcht ich recht dich preisen und im Geist dir Dienst erweisen. Möcht ich wie die Engel immer vor dir stehen und dich gegenwärtig sehen. Lass mich dir für und für trachten zu gefallen, liebster Gott, in allem. 

IX. Response: „The unknowable (but) dancing God” 

X. CORO 4 / SOLO Luft, die alles füllet, drin wir immer schweben, aller Dinge Grund und Leben, Meer ohn ́Grund und Ende, Wunder aller Wunder: Ich senk mich in dich hinunter. Ich in dir, du in mir, lass mich ganz verschwinden, dich nur sehn und finden. 

XI. CORO 5 - SOLO Du durchdringest alles; lass dein schonstes Lichte, Herr, berühren mein Gesichte. Wie die zarten Blumen willig sich entfalten und der Sonne stille halten, lass mich so still und froh deine Strahlen fassen und dich wirken lassen. 

XII. Response: „Inspiration” 

XIII. REZITATIV 2 (alti) Mache mich einfältig, innig, abgeschieden, sanft und still in deinem Frieden; mach mich reinen Herzens, dass ich deine Klarheit schauen mag in Geist und Wahrheit; lass mein Herz überwärts wie ein’ Adler schweben und in dir nur leben. 

XIV..Stille - „A Love Supreme“ 

XV CORO 6 communal choral 
(CORO 1) and Exit „Cherubicon“ God Himself is present: Let us now adore Him, And with awe appear before Him. God is in His temple, All within keep silence, Prostrate lie with deepest reverence. Him alone God we own, Him our God and Savior; Praise His Name forever. 

* NDR Big Band * Berlin Vocal Project: (Young Voices Brandenburg, HDPK and JIB) Marc Secara and Judy Niemack, cond. * Eric Schaefer - dr/mod synth * Daniel Stickan - org. * Lars Moeller - cond. * Comp./Sax: Uwe Steinmetz  * VID: Klaus Mancke * Rec©NDR//Christian Cluxen // on air (NDR) 06/16 10.11pm

F

Interpretation of personal faith experiences through musical faith narratives,
including arrangements of hymns, spiritual songs and settings of poetry. 


SEVEN WORDS

Suite of Spiritual Songs - Part I -

Seven Words
Song of Awareness
Waters of Peace 
 I. Spirit River
 II. Adoremus
 III. The Well
 IV. Waters of Peace
Hope no higher

IN SPIRIT

Suite of Spiritual Songs  - Part II - 


1 Promise
2 Spirits in the Material World (Duality)
3 Lament
4 Invocation
5 Pleading
6 Trusting
7 Acclamation
8 Wholeness
9 Contemplation
10 Ascent