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“Ensel Bilong Heven” – Narapela Song Long Krismas (Another Song for Christmas)

“Ensel Bilong Heven” i narapela song bilong Krismas. Bipo yet long taim bilong Jisas Krais i bin kam daun, ensel i singautim dispela Gutnuis long wasman bilong sipsip (lukim Luk 2). Saveman tu i kam na lotu long Jisas (lukim Matyu 2). Olsem tu yumi olgeta mas kam na lotu long Jisas long sios na long bel bilong yumi. “Angels from the Realms of Glory” is another song for Christmas. Many… Read More »

“How Beautiful the Feet”

On Thursday evening our choir rehearsed the great Martin Franzmann hymn “O God, O Lord of Heaven and Earth” for Reformation Sunday. Among the many powerful phrases and metaphors are these lines drawn almost directly from Scripture: How beautiful the feet that trod the road that leads us back to God! How beautiful the feet that ran to bring the great good news to man! (Lutheran Service Book #834 – St. 3)… Read More »

“Mi Lusim Heven Na Kamdaun” – Narapela Song Long Krismas (Another Song for Christmas)

“Mi Lusim Heven Na Kamdaun” i wanpela song long Krismas Martin Luther bai i raitim. Long Krismastaim, Martin Luther singim dispela song wantaim famili bilong em (lukim piksa). Long taim bilong Refomesen, Martin Luther i raitim planti song olsem dispela na “God I Strongpela Banis” (lukim hia). “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” is a song for Christmas by Martin Luther. At Christmas time, Martin Luther would sing this song with his… Read More »

“Soli Deo Gloria” – The Fifth Sola

Earlier this month we were able to personally thank over 60 of the musicians, volunteers, and supporters of the Peoria Bach Festival at our annual Peoria Bach Festival Appreciation Party. This blog is dedicated to them and all those who make the Peoria Bach Festival possible. As you may know, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) concluded all of his sacred compositions and many of his secular works with the phrase “Soli Deo… Read More »

“Welcome” to Jubal’s Lyre!

Jubal’s Lyre is my personal blog plus a way for me share my music with everyone on my own timetable. A lot of it is still on my computer. In time I hope to share most of it with you. Please contact me if you have any questions. Soli Deo Gloria!

A Lament? At Easter?

One aspect of the Resurrection story that is difficult for many of us to appreciate is the depth of the sorrow and grief that the followers of Jesus must have felt after His crucifixion. No doubt this would have amplified the confusion, disbelief, and ultimately the joy that they experienced upon hearing that He had risen from the dead. There is a section at the beginning of Bach’s Easter Oratorio that… Read More »

A Lesson from King Nebuchadnezzar

In our daily devotions this week, my wife and I have been reading the Book of Daniel. After reading Chapter 3, it occurred to me that for some reason we have a tendency to turn the gifts God gives us into idols. This seems to be what King Nebuchadnezzar did in Daniel 3. In the previous chapter, God gave him a dream about a statue that only Daniel could interpret.… Read More »

A New Metrical Translation of “Maria Walks Amid the Thorn”

In a previous post I offered a literal translation of all seven stanzas of the German Advent/Christmas Carol “Maria Walked Amid the Thorn” (see www.jubalslyre.com/thoughts-on-maria-walks-amid-the-thorn). With this post I offer a new metrical translation of the carol. Interestingly, singing the full version makes the carol a song that can be sung at other points of the Church Year, including today, the Baptism of Our Lord. I had the privilege this morning of… Read More »

A New Metrical Translation of the Original “Silent Night”

Several days ago I placed on Facebook a new literal English translation of the Christmas carol “Silent Night” (see www.jubalslyre.com/thoughts-on-silent-night). The interest was overwhelming and several people requested a metrical translation of the original text. Here is a metrical translation that I have crafted and recrafted over many years. The intent has been to keep as much of the deep and rich theology of the original text as possible while at the same… Read More »

A Powerful Statement of Faith in Music

Fuga 4 a 5 from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, Book I  (WTC I) is not only an amazing piece of music, but also a powerful statement by Bach of his personal faith (click here to hear this fugue and see it unfold). One would not expect to find statements of faith in a purely instrumental work such as the WTC I, but for Bach there was virtually no difference… Read More »