Fairest Lord Jesus

Reflecting upon the season of Lent, today’s featured piece is an arrangement of the hymn “Fairest Lord Jesus.” Originally written by German Jesuits in the 17th Century, the text Schönster Herr Jesu is a meditation upon the beauty and majesty of nature that is uniquely experienced each Spring, the splendor of which is only transcended by Jesus, the Ruler of creation.  The hymn-tune traditionally sung by parishioners during this season of renewal is from a Silesian folk song, first set by Richard S. Willis in 1850. It is that tune along with the second theme from the Adagio of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony that are arranged beautifully for trombone quartet and organ here. Michael Linton is the composer with The Slide Chamber Players and Janet Linton performing.

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