Caelum Dicit, Populus Acclamat

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While adapting a piano arrangement of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” for piano and pipe organ, the analogy of “heaven declaring” and “humanity responding” was unmistakable. There’s a clear application here for liturgical settings, with pipe organ as heavenly voice and piano as earthly response.

Consider my interpretation of an arrangement by John Carter in his “Christmas Jazz Suite for Piano”:

https://soundcloud.com/user-663603437/o-come-o-come-Emmanuel

The pipe organ declares the message, and the piano responds, first grappling with it, then rejoicing, then returning to contemplation, with the organ affirming as the message is fully received.

Consider how this view of conversation between pipe organ and piano can be applied in your own arrangements and services.

(Original post on December 20, 2016)

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