P.S. to a Post

This post is a P.S. from Will’s concert several weeks ago. While I failed to record anything very well due to being distracted that night, I realized I did have a recording of the Manz Aria, after all (pew thumps notwithstanding–my apologies.) This reflective, hauntingly beautiful piece for organ and trumpet will always have a special place in my heart. It was on a tape 18 years ago that Tom gave to me long before I ever knew we would be married some day. I wore the tape out. He had played the Aria at an Easter concert way back before I knew him, and had it recorded on an ancient device called a “cassette.”

Now I have the same piece recorded in the very same church, this time, with Tom and our son, William on organ. The music is sad and sweet, but ends oh so softly on a major chord that to me represents resolution and hope after sadness. Paul Manz is the composer.

Manz Aria – Will and Tom

4 thoughts on “P.S. to a Post

  1. Jean Selden says:


    Absolutely enriching to the senses. Tom and Will need to be recording so we can enjoy more. Please encourage them in that direction.

    In Him Always,

  2. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    Thanks, Jean. I hope they can. What I love about this piece is that it shows both instruments in a different “mood.” The powerhouse pieces are thrilling, but when that big organ shifts down to a low purr and the trumpet is played with a lyrical sound not unlike a stringed instrument’s voice, it shows the expressive range of both.

  3. Carol says:

    Ingrid, I agree about the low purr of the organ and the lyrical sound of the trumpet being just perfect for certain moods; very beautiful and soothing to the soul and spirit. Thanks for sharing it.

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