My interests include sacred music as well as early music, especially music of the 17th-18th centuries. I compose, arrange as well as perform on piano, organ and harpsichord. To date, I have published several books of organ and choral music which can be ordered online.

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[New Release] In 1744, after being accused of several misdemeanors against the Church of England, William Williams devoted himself to Methodism. The W...
[New Release] "Lord of the Dance" is a hymn with words written by English songwriter Sydney Carter in 1963. The tune is based on the American Shaker s...
[New Release] John Rippon, pastor of Carter Lane Baptist Church in London, published A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors in 1787. "How firm ...
[New Release] “Amazing Grace” is probably the most beloved hymn of the last two centuries. The author was John Newton, who was a former slave trader. ...
[New Release] This hymn is attributed to Martin Luther. Long associated with the Protestant Reformation, it is often sung on Reformation Sunday.
[New Release] Londonderry Air is a favorite Irish air. It originated in County Londonderry, Ireland. It is most often associated with the song lyrics,...
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by Donovan Klotzbeacher
Released 3 years ago
Classical
In 1744, after being accused of several misdemeanors against the Church of England, William Williams devoted himself to Methodism. The Welsh text was written soon after this in 1745. It is a mystery as to how or why Williams began composing hymn-texts in his native tongue. (Translation by Peter Williams). United Methodist Hymnal editor Dr. Carlton Young states that he became known as the most famous hymn writer of Welsh Methodism. Traces of the hardship Williams experienced as a traveling minister can be found throughout “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.” Williams beautifully interweaves imagery from the Old Testament book of Exodus to evoke a sense of God’s guidance through strife.
by Donovan Klotzbeacher
Released 3 years ago
Classical, Instrumental
"Lord of the Dance" is a hymn with words written by English songwriter Sydney Carter in 1963. The tune is based on the American Shaker song "Simple Gifts". This hymn tells the gospel story in the first person voice of Jesus of Nazareth with the device of portraying Jesus' life and mission as a dance.
by Donovan Klotzbeacher
Released 3 years ago
Classical, Instrumental, pipe organ, hymn
John Rippon, pastor of Carter Lane Baptist Church in London, published A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors in 1787. "How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in his excellent word! What more can he say than to you he hath said, to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?" “How firm a foundation” was sung frequently in both the North and the South before the Civil War. Sources indicate that it was a favorite hymn of Theodore Roosevelt, and that Andrew Jackson requested it be sung at his deathbed, and that Robert E. Lee asked it be sung at his funeral. The anonymous folk tune FOUNDATION is an American contribution to the hymn that first appears with the text in Joseph Fund’s 1832 Genuine Church Music. The tune appears in other famous American 19th-century collections such as The Sacred Harp (1844) and Southern Harmony (1854) with some melodic variations and with changes in harmony, but R.M. McIntosh’s Tabor: or, the Richmond Collection of Sacred Music (1866) provides us with the present version.
by Donovan Klotzbeacher
Released 3 years ago
Classical
“Amazing Grace” is probably the most beloved hymn of the last two centuries. The author was John Newton, who was a former slave trader. He eventually renounced his former slaving profession by publishing a blazing pamphlet called “Thoughts Upon the Slave Trade.” The tract described the horrific conditions on slave ships and Newton apologized for making a public statement so many years after participating in the trade: “It will always be a subject of humiliating reflection to me, that I was once an active instrument in a business at which my heart now shudders.” He became an Anglican priest and wrote 280 hymns. His words to "Amazing Grace" were written in 1772.
by Donovan Klotzbeacher
Released 3 years ago
Classical
This hymn is attributed to Martin Luther. Long associated with the Protestant Reformation, it is often sung on Reformation Sunday.
by Donovan Klotzbeacher
Released 3 years ago
Ethnic, Irish, Oldies, Organ, Folksongs
Londonderry Air is a favorite Irish air. It originated in County Londonderry, Ireland. It is most often associated with the song lyrics, "Danny Boy".