Death of a church musician

Church musician Paul Manz died on October 28. An organ virtuoso and respected choral composer, Manz’s best known work is “E’en so Lord Jesus Quickly Come.” It was composed while his 3 year-old son lay dying, it was supposed, though he recovered from his illness, something Manz attributed to prayer. Here is a haunting performance of that piece, with the backdrop of Luther’s church in Wittenberg.

HT: Rev. Edward Bryant

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  • Sharon Philp

    We were saddened to hear of the passing of Paul Manz. My husband saw a fleeting reference on Facebook the day after he died, but it was very difficult to find confirmation of that until a few days later. The Minneapolis Star Tribune did have a nice article about him and his work. He truly was a gifted musician.
    I love his organ arrangement of “God of Grace and God of Glory”, as well as his choral “E’en so Lord Jesus Quickly Come” (a song which I have sung once, but never seen the choral score, only the handbell arrangement).

  • Sharon Philp

    We were saddened to hear of the passing of Paul Manz. My husband saw a fleeting reference on Facebook the day after he died, but it was very difficult to find confirmation of that until a few days later. The Minneapolis Star Tribune did have a nice article about him and his work. He truly was a gifted musician.
    I love his organ arrangement of “God of Grace and God of Glory”, as well as his choral “E’en so Lord Jesus Quickly Come” (a song which I have sung once, but never seen the choral score, only the handbell arrangement).

  • Peter Leavitt

    Very moving, including the Wittenberg Church scenes.

  • Peter Leavitt

    Very moving, including the Wittenberg Church scenes.

  • Arfies

    Most of us have the stature of pygmies next to Paul Manz; he was a giant, a musician and composer whose work should endure because it always lifts us up and points us unfailingly to the Savior. Think of J. S. Bach and P. Manz together: what a pair they would make, and what great rejoicing they could set to music!

  • Arfies

    Most of us have the stature of pygmies next to Paul Manz; he was a giant, a musician and composer whose work should endure because it always lifts us up and points us unfailingly to the Savior. Think of J. S. Bach and P. Manz together: what a pair they would make, and what great rejoicing they could set to music!

  • http://jameshagemanblog.blogspot.com/ James Hageman

    Thanks for posting it; I’m sharing it on facebook. A sad day for us; a great one for Paul Manz.

  • http://jameshagemanblog.blogspot.com/ James Hageman

    Thanks for posting it; I’m sharing it on facebook. A sad day for us; a great one for Paul Manz.

  • John K

    I was a student at then Concordia Academy and Junior College, St. Paul, MN, from 1957 – 1962.

    We attended Chapel every morning and every evening.

    One never had to turn around to look into the balcony to see who was at the console when Paul Manz was playing. The music flowing from the instrument told us.

  • John K

    I was a student at then Concordia Academy and Junior College, St. Paul, MN, from 1957 – 1962.

    We attended Chapel every morning and every evening.

    One never had to turn around to look into the balcony to see who was at the console when Paul Manz was playing. The music flowing from the instrument told us.

  • jeff b

    I heard my mom play many of Manz’s hymn improvisations in church every Sunday as a child–she was fortunate to have studied with him in the late 1950′s at Concordia College. My grandmother attended Mt Olive Lutheran Church where he played and recorded and I got to see a closeup of his artistry when I visited the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church organ loft after a service in the late 70′s. Now my two-year old dances around the living room to his CD of the same music. He was one of the best examples of this type of organ playing/composing in the lineage of J.S. Bach, and I highly recommend his organ recordings, many of which have been remastered on CD.

  • jeff b

    I heard my mom play many of Manz’s hymn improvisations in church every Sunday as a child–she was fortunate to have studied with him in the late 1950′s at Concordia College. My grandmother attended Mt Olive Lutheran Church where he played and recorded and I got to see a closeup of his artistry when I visited the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church organ loft after a service in the late 70′s. Now my two-year old dances around the living room to his CD of the same music. He was one of the best examples of this type of organ playing/composing in the lineage of J.S. Bach, and I highly recommend his organ recordings, many of which have been remastered on CD.


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