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I Will Pour Out My Spirit

SATB choir and organ / 9 minutes

This work was commissioned by Nicholas Schmelter and the Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church of Saginaw, MI. My former organ professor, Dr. Steven Egler began working at First Congregational shortly after I graduated from Central Michigan University, and contacted me about writing a piece for the choir there. I gladly accepted, and created “I Will Pour Out My Spirit,” which will showcase Dr. Egler’s virtuosic organ technique, and features (quite by accident) one of his favorite hymn-tunes, Hyfrydol.
Conceptually, the work combines the Gerhardt text “Holy Ghost Dispel Our Sadness” with Old and New Testament references to create a dramatic arc which depicts the bestowing of the Holy Spirit on the apostles at Pentecost.

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Texts by Paul Gerhardt, trans. John Jacobi, alt. Agustus Toplady, and from Acts.

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