Sacred Hymns in a Classical Style

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1. Claire d' Enfant

Music from GospelDoctrine.com

Seventeen years ago, I purchased the domain name for gospeldoctrine.com not realizing why most websites had a .com suffix.  Having learned that com stands for commercial, made me wonder if .com was the right choice.  The site has never been a commercial venture.  Providing the content  free of charge has been a privilege and a blessing.  The site will always be free, but we would like our readers to know of a new project--it is a music CD of piano classics mashed up with popular LDS hymns.  The combination is a unique blend of the classical and sacred. 

This music, like the doctrinal website, is also prompted by personal experiences at church.  There was a time 25-30 years ago when many Sacrament meeting performances were classical pieces.  Then something changed. A new emphasis on the hymns meant that most of the music performed in church was some variation of accepted melodies.  Everyone scrambled for interesting hymn arrangements. Now there are plenty; back then, there were few.

"Beethoven's How Great Thou Art" is a CD full of popular hymn melodies combined with familiar classical pieces and performed in a classical style by a consummate concert pianist, Eugene Mursky.  The pieces are designed for sacrament meeting performance by more accomplished pianists.  The scores, CD's, and sample tracks are available at our new website, ClassicalLDSmusic.com. Please check it out.  

50% of the profits from the CD will be used to improve GospelDoctrine.com.  Over the years, many readers have offered generous financial assistance.  Never have we accepted any, but the added funds may help us develop an app so that the content could be accessed on any device without being dependent on the internet. We are also working on making a Spanish Translation available.  One of our readers, Benjamin Hinojosa from Mexico City, has been kindly translating the Book of Mormon content without remuneration.  We are grateful for his hard work, and we are about ready to start posting his translations for 1 Nephi and 2 Nephi.  The potential to bless the lives of the Spanish speaking saints is exciting to contemplate.

We hope that with all the information inundating you in today's world, that the content from GospelDoctrine.com will continue to be useful in your study of the scriptures.  Paul said, "I have fed you with milk, not with meat" (1 Cor. 3:2).  At church, we continue to receive all the milk we want.  I appreciate the diligence of those who are looking for a heartier meal.  It seems to me there are two types of saints:  those who like milk and cookies before retiring to bed, and those who wake early to have steak and eggs before going to work.  God bless the latter.

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Lastly, I need to explain the big picture for this website. We are pleased to announce that every chapter of the New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price has complete commentary.  Not so with the Old Testament.   While trying to keep the website up to date with recent conference material, we are also trying to finish a complete commentary on every Old Testament chapter.  However, since it has taken 12 years to produce commentary on the other standard works, the Old Testament will likely take quite some time to complete.  Still, much is already available and useful for review. 

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