David Melbye | In My Grandfather's Day: The Music of Gerhard Theodore Alexis

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In My Grandfather's Day: The Music of Gerhard Theodore Alexis

by David Melbye

A loving tribute from a grandson to his late grandfather: a moving collection of sacred vocal music (some of which is sung in Swedish) along with several meditative organ compositions.
Genre: Classical: Spiritual
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Invocation (feat. Paul Boehnke)
0:53 album only
2. Utransaka mig, min Gud (Search Me, O God) [feat. Paul Boehnke]
1:53 album only
3. We Plow the Fields, and Scatter (feat. Paul Boehnke)
2:01 album only
4. Christ the Saviour is Born Today (feat. Paul Boehnke)
1:18 album only
5. Hark! the Sound of Holy Voices (feat. Paul Boehnke)
2:25 album only
6. Saviour, for the Little One (feat. Paul Boehnke)
1:29 album only
7. Har är uppstånden (He is Risen) [feat. Paul Boehnke]
1:11 album only
8. Andante Pastorale (feat. Paul Boehnke)
2:32 album only
9. O Lamb of God (feat. Paul Boehnke)
1:38 album only
10. I Think when I Read that Sweet Story (feat. Paul Boehnke)
2:23 album only
11. Herren's nåd (God's Grace) [feat. Paul Boehnke]
1:33 album only
12. When Jesus Comes in Glory (feat. Paul Boehnke)
2:17 album only
13. Supplication (feat. Paul Boehnke)
3:16 album only
14. Rock of Ages (feat. Paul Boehnke)
3:44 album only
15. Thou Hidden Love of God, Whose Height (feat. Paul Boehnke)
1:48 album only
16. Sångaren's Aftonbön (The Singer's Evening Prayer) [feat. Paul Boehnke]
2:18 album only
17. Vesper Hymn (feat. Paul Boehnke)
2:07 album only
18. Lovsång (Song of Praise) [feat. Paul Boehnke]
1:43 album only
19. Vill du gå med till Himlen (Will You Go to Heaven) [feat. Paul Boehnke]
1:22 album only
20. Another Day is at its Close (feat. Paul Boehnke)
2:02 album only
21. Father in Heaven (feat. Paul Boehnke)
0:36 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
David Melbye has been a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) since 2000. He served as a hospice music therapist for more than thirteen years and continues today in private practice.

His studies have included music history at St. Olaf College, music therapy at the University of Minnesota, and practical nursing at Red Wing Technical College.

He has appeared on two tribute CDs to his favorite artist, Todd Rundgren, and has arranged Malotte's The Lord's Prayer for high voice with classical guitar accompaniment, which has been published by G. Schirmer.

Some notes on David's maternal grandfather Gerhard Theodore Alexis, the composer and arranger of the music on this CD:

Gerhard Theodore Alexis (1889-1927)

One of seven children born to an itinerant Swedish Lutheran minister, Gerhard dedicated his life to the music of the church as an organist, composer, arranger, singer and choral conductor.

His early studies and positions led him through the midwest to Stockholm, Sweden, where he studied at the Royal Musical Conservatory. He also traveled the United States and Sweden with his brothers as the Alexis Male Quartet. Their concerts included vocal solos, duets and quartets; organ, piano and flute works, as well as dramatic recitations.

In 1916, Gerhard accepted the position of organist and choirmaster at First Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he and his wife, Olga Maria Grund, raised their three children. In addition to his duties at First Lutheran, he served as professor of music at the Minnesota College's School of Music and at Phalen Luther Seminary.

Gerhard also served on the committee that composed, arranged and approved the music for the 1925 Augustana Synod Hymnal. He is remembered therein by six hymns and a number of liturgical compositions and arrangements. Three of his hymn tunes were included in the 1958 Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal, affectionately known as "The Red Hymnal."

Gerhard died unexpectedly at the age of thirty-eight in 1927 following surgery. Many of his compositions remain unpublished and unrecorded.



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Joan Olson

Wonderfully lyrical
David has compiled a wonderful collection of sacred music that not only shows off his beautiful tenor voice but is also a moving tribute to his grandfather. His voice is perfectly suited to the material and the organ interludes provide a restful space between the hymns. I also appreciate the short liturgical pieces and the Swedish translations. Very fine work indeed!

Jeffrey B. Paris, France

Special music that leaves the listener's spirit lighter
In My Grandfather’s Day filled the house with silvery sounds that brought me back to St. Olaf College - this scandinavian music with its own special logic - lilting melodies without ostentatious virtuosity - clear simple lines which reassure the believer and leave his spirit
lighter. David’s voice lives in this music. His grandfather would be very proud. The story of the album is very touching and seldom heard these days.