11th Sunday in Ordinary time (C) Year of Luke
2 Sam 12.7-10, 13; Gal 2.16, 19-20; Lk 7.36-8.3 – Your faith has saved you; go in peace
- Mass setting: Mass Shalom
- Communio: (Gregorian Psalm 26) Unam petii a Domino, hanc requiram: ut inhabitem in domo Domini omnibus diebus vitae meae One thing have I required of the Lord, this I will seek, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life
- Hymns: God’s Son came to bless us GOTTES SOHN IST KOMMEN, TIS 584(i); TIS 485 My God accept my heart this day (tune: TIS 514 BELMONT); TIS 607 Make me a channel of Your peace CHANNEL OF PEACE
- Organ Prelude: Canzon – Gioseffo Guammi (1540-1611)
- Organ Offertorium: Prelude in ‘e’ minor – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
- Organ Voluntary: Prelude & Fugue in ‘f’ minor – Johann Krebs (1713-1780)
Organist: Bransby Byrne
Cantor: Brendan McMullan
Notes on the Organ Voluntary (Postlude)
Prelude & Fugue in ‘f’ minor – Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780)
“Crab” or “crayfish” is the delicious translation of the organ composer’s name today: J.L. “Krebs”. Johan Ludwig Krebs had the deep respect and high regard of J.S. Bach himself- so he was clearly not a second rate composer. The great J.S.Bach (whose surname means “brook” or ‘stream”) even made a pun on their names: “He is the only crayfish in my stream.”
Like us, Johann Ludwig Krebs lived in a time of social and musical change. Krebs’ career spanned the end of the elaborate Baroque period, into the beginning of the radically different Classical era. Krebs was an exceptionally skilled writer of ‘counterpoint’ – music with inter-locking independent melodies highly favoured in the Baroque period. He’d probably have ended up much more famous if he had been born just 20 years earlier when counterpoint was right in vogue.
Like many of these great musicians, music was a family thing. His father had been taught by J. S. Bach, and so dad taught little Johann organ, harmony, theory, and counterpoint. He was then sent to enter the Thomasschule in Leipzig, where J.S. Bach was music director and had lessons in singing, lute, violin, and keyboard.
Johan Krebs remained a singer in J.S. Bach’s choir until 1730.