Composer Craig Phillips
Price $15.00 (U.S.) Released 7/96
Difficulty Moderately easy/Mod. diff.
Catalog no. 160-814
Discography "Organa Americana" Tom Trenney (Prelude on KREMSER) Pro Organo 7196
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Phillips uses his imaginative compositional style for four often-used hymns: KREMSER ("We gather together"), HYFRYDOL, the early American tune NETTLETON, and ENGELBERG. Moderately difficult, but you'll use them often.
"I cannot sing the praises of this gifted composer enough it seems, and this collection is one reason why. There are four hymn preludes in this collection (KREMSER, HYFRYDOL, NETTLETON, and ENGLEBERG), and each one is a winner. The settings of HYFRYDOL and NETTLETON are regular staples of mine in worship services and weddings, and the march-like setting of ENGLEBERG makes for a marvelous postlude. If I were going to expose someone to Craig Phillips's music for the first time, this is the collection I would use." -Cross Accent, Spring 2002
"This set contains new preludes on four much-used and popular hymn tunes. KREMSER; HYRFRYDOL, NETTLETON and ENGELBERG are provided with settings that will spark interest for organists and worshippers. KREMSER is arranged in a playful mood highlighted by the fact we never hear the complete tune, only bits and pieces underscored by a rhythmic ostinato. HYFRYDOL is a graceful pastorale, with the cantus firmus placed in the pedals on a 4' stop (you could play the pedal part on a 2' stop an octave lower if not comfortable playing in the upper region of the pedalboard). NETTLETON receives a warm, simple setting that features the Swell division; and the setting of ENGELBERG is like an Edwardian march, capturing the very spirit of Stanford. If you don't have a loud solo trumpet, you can play the solo passages on another prominent sound. Easy to moderate difficulty. All of the settings are of high quality and are highly recommended." -Cross Accent, January 1997
"Glad Praises We Sing treats KREMSER, HYFRYDOL (a gentle 9/8 setting), NETTLETON and (louder and more demanding) ENGELBERG" -HSGBI, April 1997