Let All That Hath Breath
An organ album for the 50th anniversary of the Association of Anglican Musicians

Composer Various
Price $35 (U.S.) Released 6/16
UseVoluntaries, church year
Difficulty Mod. easy to Diff.
Catalog no. 160-600

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This album of 12 compositions by 12 composers was prepared in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Anglican Musicians, with support from a bequest from the estate of Bishop Chilton Powell and his wife Elizabeth. Some pieces are published for the first time, and a few are new editions of out of print material composed by individuals important during AAM’s history. Most of the works are relatively brief in duration and based on hymn tunes, and all will provide useful and distinctive voluntaries for worship.

Contents include:

  • Air--Gerre Hancock
  • Introduction & Fanfare on HELMSLEY--Bruce Neswick
  • Var. on “Good Christians, All”
    --Marilyn Keiser
  • Fantasia on WONDROUS LOVE
    --David Hurd
  • The Women at the Tomb
    --Dorothy J. Papadakos
  • Shalom (Peace), from The Aeolian Sonata--Dan Locklair
  • Prelude on “Fight On, My Soul”
    -- Robert J. Powell
  • Sacred Dance on HOLY MANNA
    --Janette Fishell
  • A Love So Fierce and Free: A Litany
    --David Ashley White
  • Trumpet Tune in D--Sam Batt Owens
  • Fanfare--Alec Wyton
  • Prelude on ENGELBERG
    --Craig Phillips

 

from the Introduction:
In 2012, the Association of Anglican Musicians received a generous and unrestricted bequest from the estate of Bishop Chilton Powell and his wife Elizabeth.

In accepting the Powells’ gift, the Board of Directors decided to allocate it toward a future observance of the Association’s fiftieth anniversary. As that milestone drew nearer, the Board decided to dedicate the gift to the publication of a collection of organ music, composed by AAM members across the past half-century. AAM members David Schaap, of Selah Publishing, and Marilyn Keiser joined me in its assembly, and I am deeply grateful for their wisdom and labors. No such volume could ever be comprehensive, of course, and, indeed, practicality dictated that the scope of the collection be relatively modest. But we are pleased to have compiled a cross-section of works by musicians whose names are widely familiar through their engagement with AAM across its first five decades. They range from pieces that had passed out of print (including an entry by one of our three founders, Gerre Hancock, and others by esteemed colleagues no longer among us) to pieces freshly composed for this collection, or published here for the first time.

This Association takes as its purpose “the elevation, stimulation, and support of music and the allied arts in all their aspects in the Anglican church, and especially in their relationship to liturgy.” We believe that this collection worthily expresses that aim, and hope that it will inspire those who play from it, and those who hear its contents, to the deeper worship of Almighty God.

Alan Lewis
Past President
Association of Anglican Musicians
June 2016

 

About the Powells:

Both Powells were natives of small North Dakota towns. He studied at Carleton College and at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, she at Denison University. They met early in their professional lives, when he became Curate of Gethsemane Church in Minneapolis, where she was the Organist. Married in 1941, they soon moved to Trinity Cathedral, Omaha, where he was called as Dean. He was elected Bishop Coadjutor of Oklahoma in 1951, and they lived out their days in Oklahoma City. Bishop Powell died in 1997, at age 83, and Mrs. Powell in 2011, at 96.

As a clerical spouse, Betty Powell did not abandon her musical vocation, but, as the expectations of the time required, she channeled it discreetly, teaching hymnody for decades, and working with the Evergreen Conference School of Music. One can only guess at her influence upon the shape, character, and musical rubrics of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, which was developed during her husband’s thirteen years as Chairman of the Standing Liturgical Commission. Bishop Powell was also long associated with the Evergreen Conference, and served as its Chaplain for a number of years.



 

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