Goings-on and recordings of Chicago composer, John Osterhagen.


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This is “Nature is ever at work” from the words of John Muir.  This is the first movement of a three movement work that I wrote called “Three Choral Miniatures on the Words of John Muir”.  As you probably know, John Muir was an American naturalist and conservationist who was instrumental in the foundation of the Sierra Club and also Yosemite National Park and by proxy the entire National Park system.  I will be posting the other two movements as they are completed by Matt Curtis of Choraltracks.  This movement was composed for the Peregrine Vocal Ensemble, though it has never been performed.

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This is Nunc Dimittis in a version for TTBB from a revision made in 2012, which differs from the original for SSAA version written in 2006 for the Choir of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, Illinois. This is prepared by Matthew Curtis of ChoralTracks and my thanks go to him for the care taken in making the recording. 

The Nunc Dimittis is the Canticle of Simeon, which he is believed to have said during Jesus’ presentation at the temple:

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace:Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuumQuod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace : according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen : thy salvation,Which thou hast prepared : before the face of all people; To be a light to lighten the Gentiles : and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

  The piece ends with the Gloria Patri (glory be to the Father…)

This is the companion piece for the Magnificat Primi Toni found below. It uses much of the same harmonic language, but the Nunc is in a major tonality whereas the Magnificat is largely in a minor tonality.

I hope you like it.

La Caccina approaches every piece they do with an irrepressable energy. It was a great thrill to hear them inject this energy and their own personalities into their inventive interpretation of one of my pieces.

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Here is a recording of my Magnificat Primi Toni as performed by Chicago (then) women’s quartet (now sextet) La Caccina. This was performed last year as part of their concert “Ladies’ Home Journal”.

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Tantum Ergo recorded in October 2013 by the Choir and Orchestra of St. Francis de Sales Oratory, St. Louis, Missouri.  Conducted by Nick Botkins.

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Finale realization of “Nature is ever at work” composed in May 2013.

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Finale realization of “My fire was in all its glory” written in February 2013.

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Tantum Ergo. In an orchestration for Oboe, Clarinet, 2 Flügelhorns, 2 Horns in F, and Strings. (played by Finale)

Just a Catch-up

I finally began writing again this week-end.  I hadn’t really written anything since February and was starting to think I would never write anything again. I got the sketches and a good part of the organ accompaniment finished on a Tantum Ergo requested by the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales in St. Louis. I hope to have it done this month so I can take it with me when I do the recording in St. Louis in September of the Max Filke Mass for the BVM.  Feels good to be writing again.