What This German, Johannes Stockmeier Said About Our Hymn Will Shock You

November 4, 2017 / Alonge Michael / Spotlight / 3 Comments »

You will be completely in awe of his submission about one of our Hymns. I will leave those who are musically inclined to handle this aspect but before I take you to read what Joannes Stockmeier, obviously, a member of the church, said, I will just quickly cheap in something.

We Celestial Church people do not really know what we are blessed with. The primary thing to do it to serve God in spirit and truth, any other things is secondary. This church is a great church and it has a peculiar glory.

“These are some ideas about hymns for liturgical use. They should not be over-harmonised. Let yourself not be seduced by your skills! A processional hymn should express clarity and stability rather than variety.

Also use harmonic tension sparingly. As it is here (“O Christ o my King”), when the seventh chord on the VII mode is leading to the basic key it’s giving a certain flavour to the whole piece.

Anything more would make it over-seasoned,” Mr. Stockmeier, who lives in Berlin but born at Rheine, Germany said.

I hope choirmasters of every Parish are reading this. Pass this link to all the choir members you know in CCC, this might be a great help.

Alleluia!

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3 responses to “What This German, Johannes Stockmeier Said About Our Hymn Will Shock You”

  1. Jaiyeola T.G. says:

    Note: ‘when the 7th chord is leading’. 7=perfection and completion. CCC, a revelation of God’s perfect and complete works….

  2. L/S/S/E/S Olawunmi says:

    Where’s the link

  3. Ksm says:

    The primary thing to do it to serve God in spirit and truth, any other things is secondary. This church is a great church and it has a peculiar glory.

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