Paraphrase On "Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott" (Brass Ensemble)
There are several different versions of the hymn "Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott" by Martin Luther including one arranged by J.S. Bach. This music has been composed using the materials taken from those. Beginning with a chorale by French Horns and Euphoniums, the theme is introduced from lower to higher registers and it enters into the part of combination of thick chords and fanfare of major triads. After a rhythmic divertimento with fragments, the theme appears again in tutti. After the recollection of the first part, the music ends with combined two chords, Bb major and F# major triads. It is an ode to Reverend Martin Luther and his achievement as well as a paean to the brass instruments and their ensemble.
This piece has premiered in the “Concert in Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation”, by the brass ensemble of students of the Seminar by Professor Kiyonori Sokabe of Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Yasuko Ii (organ) and Prof. Sokabe (conductor) on October 13, 2017, in the Reinanzaka Church, Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan.