Happy birthday to American composer Ned Rorem who turns 85 today.
Rorem, a student of Leo Sowerby, is a favorite composer of church musicians. His "Sing, my soul, his wondrous love" has earned a place in the repertoire of many choirs. "Love divine, all loves excelling" is another sensitive setting of a hymn text, and one which makes a very effective appearance in Rorem's opera Our Town
A prolific composer for the organ, among other instruments, Rorem has composed three "Organbooks". And in all of his music, there's a very real substance and an inimitable style.
O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on you servant Ned as he begins another year. Grant that he may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen his trust in your goodness all the days of his life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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