Fantasia on a Hymn by Praetorius

  • So, my old geezer recreational band is doing "Fantasia on a Hymn by Praetorius" as part of a holiday concert on Thursday. My college band director, Robert E. Foster, wrote it, but I don't know anything about the background. (Except that Praetorius apparently took an old melody, put some harmony to it, and wrote it up as a church hymn. Then Bob took that hymn and ran with it.) Does anyone know anything about this piece and how Dr. Foster decided to compose it? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Michael Praetorius was a 16th century composer, one of the first to really incorporate brass music into the Church, and one of the most important not to take up old melodies, but provide new melodies for later composers and arrangers...

  • Thanks, Barliman2001. Here's what I found in Wikipedia about the original hymn.

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