BICENTENNIAL

Composer: Robert E. Kreutz

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Tune Information

Title: BICENTENNIAL
Composer: Robert E. Kreutz (1976)
Meter: 8.6.8.6 D
Incipit: 31235 65316 65355
Key: D♭ Major
Copyright: © 1977, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Notes

Robert E. Kreutz (b. La Crosse, WI, 1922; d. Golden, Colorado, 1996) carefully crafted BICENTENNIAL for this text in Denver, Colorado, in 1976. Though the meter changes frequently, the sung text flows very naturally, with the changing meters unified by melodic and rhythmic motifs. Singing the refrain and the stanzas in two long lines instead of four short ones brings out the beauty of the text. The entire hymn may be sung in unison, but a choral harmonization of the refrain adds a beautiful effect. The stanzas can be sung antiphonally in a variety of ways: by two or more groups in the congregation, or perhaps by a cantor or soloist(s) singing the stanzas and everyone singing the refrain. For further variety, improvise a descant for the refrain and use instruments other than organ.

Kreutz received a bachelor's degree from the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago, and a master's degree from the University of Colorado, Denver. He also studied composition with Arnold Schoenberg, Leo Sowerby, and Norman Lockwood. A resident of Golden, Kreutz worked for many years for the Gates Rubber Company as a development engineer and also directed the choir at St. Bernadette Church in Lakewood, Colorado, for more than twenty-five years. He published some three hundred choral and instrumental compositions, including many psalm settings and other liturgical music.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Arrangements

Organ Solo

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    Composer/Editor Jacob B. Weber
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2015) pp. 8
  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Two Tunes BC: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; Sondra K. Tucker
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2013) pp. 24
  • Communion Hymns for Organ Volume 2
    Composer/Editor Edwin T. Childs
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2012) pp. 76
  • Augsburg Organ Library Baptism and Communion
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Jeffrey Honore
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2006) pp. 36
  • O Living Bread: Easy Preludes on Communion Hymnody
    Composer/Editor Kevin J. Hildebrand
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2005) pp. 6
  • Augsburg Organ Library Summer
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Ron Schmoltze
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2004) pp. 11
  • Gift of Finest Wheat: Organ Settings
    Composer/Editor Ron Schmoltze
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2004) pp. 16
  • Hymnal Supplement Organ Prelude Edition: Volume 3 Sacraments
    Composer/Editor David A. Johnson
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2001) pp. 38
  • Gift of Finest Wheat: 3 Organ Preludes on Contemporary American Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1995) pp. 4
  • Laudate! Volume 1: Organ Music Based on the 100 Most Popular Hymns in Worship III and Gather
    Composer/Editor James W. Kosnik
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1994) pp. 8

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 4: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 442- 502
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 484
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 4: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 442- 502
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 484
  • Pull Out the Stops!: Congregational Song Accompaniments for Organ
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2001) pp. 41
  • Let It Rip! At the Piano 2: Congregational Song Accompaniments Volume 2
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Eric Vollen
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2000) pp. 30
  • Hymnal Supplement 98: Vocal Descant Edition

    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1999) pp. 855
  • Ninety Easy Hymn Accompaniments: For Keyboard
    Composer/Editor Margaret Mealy
    Published By: GIA Publications, Inc. (1997) pp. 10

Instruments: Instrumental Solo with Organ

  • Organ Plus One: Hymn Preludes for Organ and a Solo Instrument
    Composer/Editor David M. Cherwien
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (1996) pp. 26
  • Organ Plus One: Hymn Preludes for Organ and a Solo Instrument
    Composer/Editor David M. Cherwien
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (1996) pp. 26

Instances

Instances (1 - 42 of 42)

Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #322

Catholic Book of Worship III #603

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #468

Chalice Hymnal #429

Christian Worship #744

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #671

Evangelical Lutheran Worship #484

Gather (3rd ed.) #940

Gather Comprehensive #815

Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #816

Glory and Praise (3rd. ed.) #487

Text InfoAudio

Glory to God #523

Hymnal Supplement 1991 #774

Hymnal Supplement 98 #855

Hymnal Supplement II #43

Hymns for a Pilgrim People #531

Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #671

Hymns of the Saints #345

Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #803

Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #791

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #757

Audio

Lift Up Your Hearts #815

Lutheran Service Book #641

Moravian Book of Worship #417

One in Faith #540

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #761

Psalms for All Seasons #81A(alt)

Text InfoTune InfoAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #300

Renew! Songs and Hymns for Blended Worship #217

RitualSong (2nd ed.) #1028

RitualSong #912

Santo, Santo, Santo #672

The Covenant Hymnal #560

The Presbyterian Hymnal #521

The United Methodist Hymnal #629

The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #144

Together in Song #539

Voices United #478

With One Voice #711

Worship (3rd ed.) #736

Worship (4th ed.) #939

Worship and Rejoice #705

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