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Issues, Etc. Interview on “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands”

April 28th, 2010
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Here’s the link to an interview I did on Issues, etc.


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  1. Brenda Higley
    April 28th, 2010 at 08:16 | #1

    I listened to the podcast on my treadmill yesterday – loved it! Such a beautiful hymn. By the way, since I’ve discovered the Issues, Etc. podcasts, getting my work out in is no problem. This is a huge blessing for me and my family. :)

    Thank you!

  2. Bryan Gerlach
    April 28th, 2010 at 22:47 | #2

    Great discussion of a great hymn. Check out a concertato setting of a NEW TUNE for this text from the 2008 WELS hymnal supplement:

    The recording doesn’t include all stanzas, but there are more in the supplement.

    While I love the original tune (and sing it at my church), the text is more important than the tune. Here are some notes from the accompaniment edition:

    “The theology that Luther presents in his famous Easter hymn is painted in rich biblical imagery. His text sings itself into the Christian heart even without the aid of a musical vehicle. The scenery is breathtaking—the Paschal Lamb is slain for us, his blood marks our doors, death is swallowed up in victory, Satan is held at bay, the church feasts and celebrates the risen Lord! Unfortunately, the text has been shelved in many congregations, perhaps because of the tune to which it has been wed for centuries. The tune that appears with the text in this volume is newly composed, with the hope that it might help bring this fine Luther text back into the vocabulary of the church.”

  3. Mark Veenman
    April 29th, 2010 at 05:56 | #3

    Wow. I think the original melody is stellar. Bach’s BWV4 is the first cantata score I ever read and heard and it won me over completely. One could blame BWV4 for my conversion to Lutheranism!

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