Asian Praise: Organ Preludes on Asian Hymns
Prelude on "Tokyo" (Japan) -- Prelude on "Bai" (Korea) -- Prelude on "Hsuan P'ing" (China) -- Trio on "Toa-Sia" (Taiwan) -- Prelude on "Vietnam" -- Prelude on "Le P'ing" (China)
Each of these organ preludes is based on an Asian hymn found either in The United Methodist Hymnal (1989) or The Presbyterian Hymnal (1990). They are a great way to introduce the congregation to a new hymn or thematically integrate the prelude and the rest of the service. This new collection of preludes by English composer and organist Philip Jones is useful, interesting, and always accessible.
VIV 308, 28 Pages, $14.95
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A Brief Bio of the Composer
Philip Jones was born in Preston, Lancashire in England in 1949. His early studies were with the celebrated blind organist John E. Robinson. He graduated from the Royal Manchester College of Music, and he gained the FRCO certificate at the age of twenty one. This was followed by almost twenty years of work as a high school music teacher, organist, choral conductor and composer.
In 1989, he emigrated to America and married Jill Wiley, an American Methodist minister. They lived in Texas and California before returning to England in 1992.
Now residing in the Midlands, Mr. Jones is active as a composer, organist and private teacher; his wife serves two churches in Leicester.
His compositions include an orchestral suite, performed by the Preston Youth Orchestra, music for brass ensemble, organ and choral music, including the cantata "Praying and Weaving" and "Prayers of Dag Hammarskjold." Two of his hymn tunes appear in the current British Methodist Hymnal. A love of the guitar has led to the recent composition and publication of several works for solo guitar and guitar duet.
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