The Gift of Music in Our World Communion Setting

By September 22, 2016Music & Worship Arts

Robert StovallAt FUMCFW we are extremely blessed to be able to offer music of all genres. We have everything from bluegrass, to handbell music led by Sandy Ritthaler, organ music played by Peggy Graff, and different genres of choral music sung by our different ensembles.

On Sunday, October 2, and only in our 11:00 am service, our Choral Union, along with 22 members of our fantastic Fort Worth Symphony, will present some very special music that is most appropriate for our annual World Communion service. The choir has been working feverishly toward this presentation of W.A. Mozart’s “Coronation Mass,” which will be delivered throughout the service, with soloists in the Mass selected from Choral Union.

I know how meaningful this particular communion service has traditionally been to us as a church, and we’ve prepared this offering of High Church literature in the Coronation Mass to enhance this meaning. The Coronation Mass was completed in 1779 and was actually premiered for an Easter service because the Archbishop of Salzburg had requested from Mozart a mass that could be timed comfortably within a mass service. He didn’t want it to be too long — only 30 minutes at the most. As a result, due to Mozart’s ability to compose with this restriction, he created a mass that is to this day very popular in length and fits easily into a special service such as World Communion. I hope you will plan to attend our October 2 World Communion service at 11:00 am featuring the Coronation Mass by W.A. Mozart.


Robert Stovall
Director of Music & Worship Arts


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