Richard J Hicks - Music Archive

  • Valet will ich dir geben, Johann Sebastion Bach BWV 736.  First you will hear the chorale itself, played slowly.  You may recognize the familiar hymn tune ST. THEODULPH.  Many Christian denominations sing it on Palm/Passion Sunday - “All Gory, Laud, and Honor”.  Let the tune sink in.  The recording continues with a beautiful organ fantasia based on this hymn tune.  As a musical meditation, try and follow the hymn tune heard in the low pedal part.  Bach’s musical genius is on full display in this work, which might have begun as an improvisation.  Notice the folksy and almost humerous nature of the high flutes, written as a gigue based in style on the Irish jig - almost rustic and shepherdlike.
  • Improvisational Sketch on GETHSEMANE, Richard Hicks  This is an arrangement of the familiar hymn “Go to Dark Gethsemane”, done as a jazz ballad.
  • We Place Upon Your Table, Lord, recorded by Richard Hicks.  Let the first verse play as introduction, and then sing the three verses shown here.  This hymn is appropriate for setting the table on this day of the Last Supper. 
  • O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, tune Hans L. Hassler, harmonized by JS Bach, played by Richard Hicks.  This chorale is presented multiple times in different harmonizations in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.  I have chosen a simpler Bach harmonization for verses 1-2, and the slightly more complex one shown here for verses 3-4.  Why not sing along?
  • Improvisation on the 7th century chant Creator of the Stars of Night, Richard Hicks.  This hymn has been sung for over 14 centuries!    The improvisation attempts to capture some of the mystery of creation.  See the English translation of the text.

Creator of the stars of night,

Thy people’s everlasting light,

Jesu, Redeemer, save us all,

And hear Thy servants when they call.

Thou, grieving that the ancient curse

Should doom to death a universe,

Hast found the medicine, full of grace,

To save and heal a ruined race.

Thou cam’st, the Bridegroom of the bride,

As drew the world to evening-tide;

Proceeding from a virgin shrine,

The spotless victim all divine.

At whose dread name, majestic now,

All knees must bend, all hearts must bow;

And things celestial Thee shall own,

‍ And things terrestrial, Lord alone.

O Thou whose coming is with dread

To judge and doom the quick and dead,

Preserve us, while we dwell below,

From every insult of the foe.

To God the Father, God the Son,

And God the Spirit, Three in One,

Laud, honor, might, and glory be

From age to age eternally.

  • Hearken to the Solemn Voice, music by Thomas Clark (The Harmonist 1837) text by Charles Wesley, recorded by Richard.  This energetic hymn is a welcome call, a warm up for Alleluia!  Follow or sing along!