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Dennis Lane compositions
it Vnto TJiee, 0 Lord, Will I Sing SICOND IN A SCRIES Dennis Lane, Edina, Minn., choir director ind organist it St. Piul'i Episcopal Church, li Â« composer who hu a "horror of writing cliches." A musician of many talents who has had choral music published, Lane Â«ays, "If something is not entirely original, unless it has never been done before, I won't do'it." The choral idiom comes easiest for Lane who wrote a hymn, ""The Holy Fire," for the recent ordini- tion of Dr. L. J. Wilson to the permanent diaconate. "My pet ambition is to be able to write a symphonic type of music for full orcliestra," says Lane. LANE DOES not dtpart from traditional forms when composing even though he demands originality of his work. "I don't think the possibilities of the traditional scale forms have by any means been exhausted," he says, "Quarter tones and tone rows are not necessary yet." "The most Important thing in composing." says I.ane, "is to have something to say." Music can speak, he says. "Something can be said as profoundly in music as it can be said in words," he explains, "and often when we are at a complete loss for words it says something better than words. This is true of many of our deeper experiences." Lane, who was organist and choirmaster at St. Stephen's Episcopal C h u r c h , Minneapolis, 14 years and has held similar positions in several Twin Cities churches, feels there are tfljp types of church music: Utilitarian 1 music Dennii Lan* Composer, Director, Organist such as the liturgy and artistic music interjected for its aesthetic qualities. "THE WHOLE idea o( church music is misunderstood," he says. People do not understand the differences between the two types of music. In fact, a congregation is often unaware of the music. "In the Episcopal church in recent years we have slopped playing background organ music. It is distracting and has no musical merit." Line thlnki peoplt are too nowidiys to relegate muiic to background, using it for atmosphere. Ws Is probably caused Hollywood';, television'! and radio's uses of music. However, he does not condemn modern music -- except for music" and "rock and roll" professes an ardent admiration such composers as Hodgerj and llammerstein. He has been playing in churches lince he was 10 when he was "fiddler." The son of a musical family--his father was a flutist his mother a singer--Lane "played through college on a fiddle." He says his grandparents and great- grandparents established a family tradition as parish organists. L A N E HAS rhrÂ«t children, Â»nd 9 years old, end they are learning to play the piano. "They elected to play," he says, "I compel them to practice." He has done a lot of work the Twin Cities music -groups is a private teacher. His "hobby" is building astronomic telescopes. Lane has built a 6-foot refractor type telescope with a 6-inch lens and two smaller reflecting telescopes. In the summer, the Lanes backyard star gazing parties and' neighbors gather in large groups to look through Lane's telescopes. Lane was instigator and organizer of an Edina Astronomy Society Which now numbers about members. He was its first president. Lane will serve at St. Paul's until June. He is an interim organist who replaced Don Heath.