With angels and archangels and all the company of Heaven

Posted 19 February 2010 by
Choir of Angels mosaic on the ceiling of the Baptistry of St. John in Florence, Italy

Choir of Angels mosaic on the ceiling of the Baptistry of St. John in Florence, Italy

David added two new assistant choir masters to the heavenly choirs on February 18, 2010.

Richard Hillert (born 14 March 23) was Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois. I think it would be safe to say his most performed work is the setting for the canticle “Worthy is Christ” found in Setting 1 of the Lutheran Book of Worship. (This canticle is frequently wrongly called “This is the feast of victory for out God” or “This is victory feast” because of the refrain.)

Richard Proulx (born April 1937) was most recently directing music at Holy Name Cathedral (Roman Catholic) in Chicago. Of more general interest was the large quantity of service music, which is used in many denominations. Proulx’s adaptation of Franz Schubert’s Deutsche Messe to the English-language liturgical texts are in the Hymnal 1982 (The Episcopal Church) and Evangelical Lutheran Worship (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America).

With a past history of being a church organist in several Episcopal small churches and in one Lutheran church, I am familiar with the works of both of these composers.

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