Composer: Carl Schalk

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Tune Information

Composer: Carl Schalk (1979)
Key: D Major
Copyright: © 1979, GIA Publications, Inc.


His Voice Is in the Thunder, in the Storm

Why Do You Stand So Far Away, O LORD?

Why do you stand so far away, O LORD?
Why do you hide yourself in troubled times?
In arrogance the wicked trap the poor;
they catch the weak in schemes they have devised.

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O threefold God of tender unity

O threefold God of tender unity,
life's great unknown that binds and sets us free:
felt in our loving, greater than our thought,
you are the mystery found, the mystery sought.

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FLENTGE was commissioned for Songs of Thanks and Praise: A Hymnal Supplement (1980), where it was set to "Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ." Composer Carl Schalk named the tune after his mother's family name, which is also his middle name. FLENTGE is music for unison singing, in four long phrases, with the organ providing additional rhythmic energy at the cadences. Because of the forceful nature of this lament text, sing the tune with intensity and at a tempo that moves it along. Carl F. Schalk (b. Des Plaines, IL, 1929) is professor of music emeritus at Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois, where he has taught since 1965. He completed gradu¬ate work at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. From 1952 to 1956 he taught and directed music at Zion Lutheran Church in Wausau, Wisconsin, and from 1958 to 1965 served as director of music for the International Lutheran Hour. Honored as a fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada in 1992, Schalk was editor of the Church Music journal (1966-1980), a member of the committee that prepared the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978), and a widely published composer of church music. Included in his publications are The Roots of Hymnody in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (1965), Key Words in Church Music (1978), and Luther on Music: Paradigms of Praise (1988). His numerous hymn tunes and carols are collected in the Carl Schalk Hymnary (1989) and its 1991 Supplement. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Catholic Book of Worship III #433

Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #698

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #10

Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #743

Worship (3rd ed.) #515

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