Kent Dykstra | Praise Him With Stringed Instruments

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Praise Him With Stringed Instruments

by Kent Dykstra

Music for string orchestra based on sixteenth-century Genevan psalm tunes.
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Genevan Psalm 136
1:26 $0.99
2. Genevan Psalm 81
2:33 $0.99
3. Genevan Psalm 1
3:31 $0.99
4. Genevan Psalm 8
2:21 $0.99
5. Genevan Psalm 26
2:33 $0.99
6. Genevan Psalm 75
2:21 $0.99
7. Genevan Psalm 114
2:14 $0.99
8. Genevan Psalm 2
3:30 $0.99
9. Genevan Psalm 17
4:14 $0.99
10. Genevan Psalm 103
3:27 $0.99
11. Genevan Psalm 7
4:23 $0.99
12. Genevan Psalm 135
3:35 $0.99
13. Genevan Psalm 38
1:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
Everyone has their passions. One of mine is the Genevan Psalms, composed largely by Louis Bourgeois in Reformation-era Geneva at the request of John Calvin. I often wonder what it would have been like to step into one of the Genevan churches during the mid 1500's and hear the newly Reformed congregations sing the same tunes that thousands of Reformed Christians around the world use in worship today. To me, singing these psalms evokes a powerful bond of solidarity between believers in that time period and those of today.

I began to arrange Psalm tunes for school band in 2001, during my time at Parkland Immanuel Christian School in Edmonton, Alberta. These arrangements began to get more complex as the calibre of the student groups improved. I also began to use them during the mass band concerts, in which groups from across Canadian Reformed schools in western Canada and Washington State participated. The positive feedback received during these events convinced me that this work was important.

In the summer of 2007, my sister Roxi and I directed the first Reformed String Camp, which brought together Reformed string players from across Canada. I arranged some of my earlier works for the string orchestra and started creating new ones specifically for strings. One of the common refrains at concerts was, "When are you going to produce a CD?"

Well, that time has arrived. After the third String Camp in the summer of 2009, fifteen musicians from across Canada gathered together in Langley and spent a full day recording the music that you hear on this CD. It is my hope that this project brings not only enjoyment to its listeners, but also a deeper appreciation for a historical body of music interpreted in a new way. Through this, I am convinced that we bring praise to our God.



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