Veni Creator Spiritus (1985)

DeGrigny, Bach, Pachelbel, Scheidt, Walcha, Duruflè, Kropfreiter

Mel Butler

Mens Chorus of Downtown Presbyterian Church

Each work on this album is based in some way on the ancient chant Veni creator spiritus (“Come, creator spirit”), which is found in the liturgy of the early church for Pentecost. The first written references appear in the tenth-century manuscripts of the Roman rite. The text has be attributed to various sources, including St. Gregory, St. Ambrose, and the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne. The distinctive melody appears to have been used prior to this time and appears with different texts in the Ambrosian and Sarum rites.

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Mel Butler

Mel Butler is Canon Musician of Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle, and has taught organ improvisation and church music at the University of Washington. Also a professional violist, he performs regularly with the Onyx Chamber Players in 

Seattle. Prior to arriving in Seattle in 1991, he was for many years Organist/Choirmaster of the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY. During that time he was also Associate Professor of Church Music at the Eastman School of Music, a violist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Music Director and Conductor of the Rochester Bach Festival Chorus. During the Viet Nam War, he served his country as violist in the U.S. Navy String Quartet. 

Mel Butler has performed in major concert halls, churches, and cathedrals in the U.S., 

the U.K. and Japan. He often presents master classes and lectures on various aspects of church music, choral conducting, hymn playing, and improvisation, and has appeared as a lecturer and recitalist for conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, and the Association of Anglican Musicians. His organ CD’s, on the Loft and ReZound labels include French on the Flentrop, Out of This World (with the Boston Brass), all recorded on the Saint Mark’s Cathedral Flentrop; The Marion Camp Oliver Organ, recorded on the Fritts organ at Saint Mark’s; and Tournemire in Oberlin recorded on the C. B. Fisk organ at Oberlin College. His choral recordings with the Saint Mark’s Cathedral Choir appear on the Loft and Gothic labels. 

Originally from Burlington, NC, Mel received the Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying organ with Garth Peacock, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music, 

studying with David Craighead.

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Veni Creator Spiritus (1985)

DeGrigny, Bach, Pachelbel, Scheidt, Walcha, Duruflè, Kropfreiter

Mel Butler

Digital Converters:Merging Technologies HAPI
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In the interest of preserving the superb sound quality of these historic recordings, they have been preserved in their original, pristine state for maximum fidelity. Transferred from commercially released, anaolog reel0toreel tapes (some of which are more than 50 years old), the recordings themselves can be subject to certain "artifacts" which are an inseparable part of the original analog recording process, such as tape "hiss" or other defects, and these may be audible on certain music tracks.

Mastering Engineer:Bob Witak, High Definition Tape Transfers - Transferred from 15ips Analog Master Tape to DSD
Producer:John M. Proffitt
Recording Engineer:John M. Proffitt
Recording location:Downtown Presbyterian Church, Rochester NY
Recording Software:Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate:Analog to DSD256

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Hymnus, Veni creator spiritus
DeGrigny
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Chorale and Chorale Prelude, Komm, Gott, Schopfer, heiliger Geist, S. 667
Bach
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Komm, Gott, Schopfer, heiliger Geist
Pachelbel
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Hymnus, Veni creator spiritus
Scheidt
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Chorale Prelude, Komm, Gott, Schopfer, heiliger Geist
Walcha
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Prelude, Adagio et Choral varie sur le theme du Veni creator, Op. 4
Duruflè
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Triplum super Veni creator spiritus
Kropfreiter
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