Soli Deo Gloria – To God alone the glory

Where have you seen this Latin phrase, Soli Deo Gloria?  Actually, we worship weekly at St. Bede Episcopal Church in Forest Grove, Oregon with these words in front of us.  Have they blended into the fabric of our worship space?  Where are they?  This Latin phrase is emblazoned in gold near the top of the organ case.  Why is this phrase on the organ case?

It all goes back over 333 years ago to Johann Sebastian Bach, arguably the greatest organist and composer in the history of Western music.  You see, this man of faith believed that music was a “refreshment of spirit”, and a powerful tool for the proclamation of the gospel.

Johann Sebastian routinely marked the tops of his scores with the initials “JJ” and ended his compositions with the initials, “SDG”.  Let’s take a minute to look at these two sets of initials.

The initials, JJ stand for, “Jesu, Juva” or “Jesus, Help”.   This man, with amazing talent and ability, was praying for help from the very beginnings of his creative impulses. His work was underscored by his deep need and faith.  The humility of a great artist towards his Creator God, knowing that he was watched over, heard, and loved.  God was intimately involved in his work (and more importantly ~ in him).   What a powerful testament for everything we do – Jesu, Juva!  Lord, help me make this my prayer .

And what about the letters, SDG?  Ultimately, Bach believed that music brought glory to God.  At the end of most of his scores, Bach bearing witness to his faith and humility, left the initials SDG, the abbreviation for Soli Deo Gloria, or “To God alone be glory”.  What a powerful testament we have so prominently before us in our sanctuary.   How might we look toward glorifying God not only in our worship but as we live our lives?
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, and her husband, David Jordan, media-artist are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, Bach and Sons, and From Sea to Shining Sea.

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Why Bach?

Why do we love the music of the great Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach?

His compositions exhibit mathematical precision

The passionate cry of his soul infuses his music

His music is calming, hypnotic, meditative, inspiring and, above all, consoling

There’s a bigness, an optimistic complexity and relish about Bach’s music

His music is comforting

It is intelligent music

It is scientific yet spontaneous music

His music is about the love of God

His music gives faith a physical form

The music is a strange mixture of the meta-physical and the spiritual

His music is an extraordinary mixture of intense organization and great lyrical beauty.
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, and her husband, David Jordan, media-artist are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, Bach and Sons, and From Sea to Shining Sea.

Celebrate the 2017 Reformation anniversary with…

header1.jpgBach and Sons, the organ and multi-media concert experience created and performed by Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and narrator and David Jordan, media artist.

Bach and Sons is

  • the incredible organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach from the sublime to the grand
  • intriguing stories of the Bach family and the rich life they led
  • amazing visuals taking you to Bach’s Germany
  • live camera projection from not one but five cameras bringing the work of the organist to life on the screen
  • a cinematic-sized screen giving every audience member a front-row seat
  • available for your audience.  Contact Jeannine Jordan at jeannine@bachandsons.com
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, and David Jordan, media artist, are the creators and performers of three organ and multi-media concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, Bach and Sons, and From Sea to Shining Sea.  Contact Dr. Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org for information.

 

Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Bach and Sons is a perfect concert for celebrating
the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Bach and Sons

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist, and David Jordan, media artist, are the creators and performers of three organ and multi-media concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, Bach and Sons, and From Sea to Shining Sea.  Contact Dr. Jordan at jeannine@promotionmusic.org for information.

 

Bach and Sons in Austria

In August, we were privileged to perform the world premier of the German version of our organ and media event, Bach and Sons, in Ried, Austria.  Part of the Innveirtler Kultursommer concert series, the concert played to an enthusiastic audience at the stunning Baroque Stadtpfarrkirche.

Stadtpfarrkirche, Ried, Austria

With the incredible organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons superbly played by Dr. Jeannine Jordan on the Mathis organ; narration in German by Dr. Jordan telling the story of the Bach family through the eyes of the women important to the Bach family; stunning visuals by David Jordan putting the audience in the cities, churches, schools, and homes where Bach lived and worked;  and what the audience loved most — three camera feeds with live images projected to a large screen giving everyone an opportunity to see the organist actually playing this great music, the audience was in awe of this new telling of the story of Bach.

To learn more of the Bach and Sons organ and media experience, please visit the Bach and Sons website at www.bachandsons.com