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Mar. 24, 2019: “Kind maker of the world”

Today’s Music: Our opening hymn invokes a couple of things that have been discussed in our Sunday School sessions on hymns. First, the text, “Kind maker of the world,” etc., is attributed to Pope Gregory the Great, who reigned from 590 to 604 and has had ascribed to him a great many poems and hymns because of his authority and his achievement in restructuring the liturgy; indeed, he was reputed to have received the whole body of chant from God via dictation through a bird (hence “Gregorian” chant, though he likely was not a musician and could not have written down any music because there was no system of notation at the time). The hymn is also in Dorian mode, one of those alternatives to our major and minor scales where some of the notes sound a little “off.” David Boelzner