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By Kenneth W. Hart

After incomes his theology measure from Union Seminary in manhattan, Lloyd Pfautsch (1921–2003) came upon his real calling in church tune. He used to be invited to Southern Methodist collage in 1958 to begin their graduate software in sacred song and remained there for 34 years. outdoor the collage, he shaped the Dallas Civic refrain and led it for 25 years. He was once nationally identified for his engaging in and the standard of the musicians he produced in addition to for his compositions, a lot of that are illustrated right here along with his handwritten notations.

this is often the 1st biography of this significant determine, and it truly is advised from the perspective of an established colleague and good friend. Aligned with the biography, Kenneth W. Hart analyzes a few of Pfautsch's 1000's of compositions. this is often the definitive paintings on some of the most influential American choral musicians of the 20 th century.

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It was a school where socialist ideas were not only tolerated, but at times encouraged. However, this rejection by the Ohio church also provided one more indicator that Pfautsch’s choice of Union and New York had changed his life dramatically and forever. This was a defining moment as the young scholar reassessed his options. Pfautsch was sitting in Bernie’s Drug Store, the popular seminary student hangout across Broadway from Union Theological Seminary, when he called the E and R church in Columbus.

She points out that the first movement of Bach’s B Minor Mass is really a choral arrangement of a chorale tune. The same is true for most other chorale or chant-based music and yet no one argues against calling Bach a composer. Pfautsch, on the other hand, shied away from calling himself a composer. He felt that he was a conductor who wrote arrangements for his choir when he needed them. Even though much of his music is based on original composition, rather than settings of existing ones, only late in life did he acknowledge that perhaps he could be considered a composer as well as an arranger and a conductor.

Not all of his conducting experiences in the second year were happy ones, though. Alfred Greenfield had organized a series of concerts in which all of the MSM students were expected to conduct. The singers and organists for the concert were their own classmates. Lloyd was assigned to conduct the fiendishly fast “Then did Elijah break forth” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah. His accompanist, who shall remain nameless, was from Texas and considered the best organist in the class. For some reason pride got the better of him and he announced to Pfautsch just before the performance that he was going to play the accompaniment from memory!

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