The first week of Advent often brings to mind the ancient hymn, Sleepers, Wake!, which can be found on page sixty-two in our hymnal. This melody composed by Hans Sachs ( 1494-1576), and adapted by Philipp Nicolai ( 1556-1608) was used in Bach’s famous Cantata #140, first presented on November 25, 1731. The fourth movement of this Cantata has a lovely arrangement of the hymn tune we know, sung by tenors, with a composed string accompaniment. Bach also transcribed it for keyboard in the first of his Schubler Chorales.
This very familiar hymn and accompanying melody is our music offering this week. It has been arranged for flute and harpsichord, and we are so pleased to have Sara Van der Horst play it for us.
Sara, the daughter of Robert and Karen Van der Horst, is a musician and an educator. She currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland, but as a long time member of St John’s, she has played for us on numerous occasions. This is our first remote recording, but we hope there will be more.
Thank you, Sara, for playing for us today.
Written by Darlene James