was commissioned by Grace University Lutheran Church, for the occasion of Reformation Sunday services. I've always loved Martin Luther's "mighty fortress" tune - I grew up with it and it always makes me happy to hear it or think of it. During much of the trio parts of the tune and its traditional harmonization drift in and out of the texture, sometimes subtly, sometimes obviously - just as a mental tune can occur across a gradient of presence; fragmentary and inchoate, or remembered strongly for a moment and then dissipated, or fully present, hummed boldly to oneself in the shower or driving in a car.
I. A mighty fortress in your daily grind