Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Cellist and Hymnody

He infuses this hymn with his signature playing style, with multiple layers of himself playing, driving motion with percussive strokes and pizzicato, and Celtic or Classical embellishment. 

When I teach hymns to my students, I tell them they can do the same, infuse it with their energy, as composers have done of old.  Bach's setting of Luther's A Mighty Fortress is our God is one example.  You can hear more of Nelson and the Piano Guys on YouTube or Grooveshark.

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