Repertory of Sue Talley

  Sue has been making arrangements for the Kurzweil Synthesizers for 15  years.   Since most churches do not have a piano, many of our concerts have been done with a digital keyboard that replicates closely the acoustic instruments they represent.       Many of these songs are used in our concerts have been recorded in Sue's solo albums which can be heard on our website.  Here are the  Program Notes for Sue’s four newest albums. Other albums, compositions, and arrangements are also listed.  To hear recordings of these songs: click here

1). We Magnify Thee: Hymns of the Church, East and West

The hymns included in this album fall into three categories: 1.) Hymns of the Eastern Church; 2.) Hymns of the Western Church created before the Great Schism; and 3.) Three popular hymns of the Western Church of more recent vintage. There are also one or two interesting Western settings of Eastern Orthodox hymns. All the hymns contain a theology which is both ancient and sound, which is reflected in the beautiful melodies chosen as vehicles for their messages.

Based on several sources--Western, Greek, Russian, and Arabic--this instrumental music is not meant to supplant or to accompany service music in church, but to be a gentle reminder at home or on the road to turn the spirit toward God.  Arrangements and performance by Sue Lane Talley. Lovingly dedicated to Archbishop ANASTASIOS, with profound respect.

1. We Magnify Thee: "We Magnify Thee, O Thou Lifegiver Christ, Who for our sake wast born in the flesh/Of the Virgin Mary/ Unwedded and most pure." (Obikhod: N. Bakhmetev)

2. Rejoice, O Pure Virgin: "O pure and Virgin Lady/ O spotless Theotokos: Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride...I supplicate Thee, Lady;/ I humbly call upon Thee: Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride. O Queen of all, I beg Thee/To grant me Thy favor: Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride....O Thou my help, deliver me/From harm and all adversity: Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride!" (St. Nektarios; trans. and arr. by Bp.BASIL Essey. From Vv. 1 and 4.)

3. The Lord Reigns: "Say unto the heathen, 'The Lord reigneth!' The world also shall be so established that it shall not be moved." [Tone 3 (Kazan)]

4. Let My Prayer Arise: "Let my prayer arise in Thy sight as incense, and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice. Hear me, O Lord." (Lenten melody)

5. Pascha: "Today a blessed Pascha is revealed to us...a Pascha mystical, a Pascha of the Lord...Pascha, blessed Pascha!...and so, let us say, 'Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!'" (Based upon the Paschal Canon, Russian setting.)

6. The Angel Cried: "The angel cried to the Lady full of grace, 'Rejoice, rejoice, O pure Virgin! Again I say, Rejoice! Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb. With Himself He has raised all the dead; rejoice, rejoice, O ye people! Shine, shine, shine, O New Jerusalem! The glory of the Lord has shone on you! Exult and be glad, O Zion! Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the resurrection of Your Son!'" (Valaam Chant; M. Balakirev)

7. Cherubic Hymn: "Let us who mystically represent the cherubim, and who sing the thrice-holy hymn to the life-creating Trinity, now lay aside all earthly cares./ That we may receive the King of all, Who comes invisibly upborn by the angelic hosts. Alleluia!" (Divine Liturgy; music, S. Talley. Dedicated to Dr. Sarah Loft.)

8. Ascension Hymn: "You ascended in glory, O Christ Our Lord and God, and Your disciples were filled with joy, by the promise of the Holy Spirit...And through this blessing You proclaimed and thus assured them, that You are truly the Son of God and the Redeemer of the World." (Greek)

9. Theotokos, Rejoice: "Theotokos, rejoice, Virgin Mary. Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of Your womb: For you have borne the Saviour of the world." (Rachmaninoff)

10. Agios O Theos (Holy God): "Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us." (Trisagion Hymn of the Divine Liturgy. Music by C. Kypros, from the "Liturgy of Peace".)

11. Russian Hymn/Tone 1: "O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victory to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries. And by the virtue of Thy Cross, preserve Thy habitation./God the Omnipotent! King, Who ordaineth/ thunder Thy clarion, and lightning Thy sword! Show forth Thy pity on high where Thou reignest: Give to us peace in our time, O Lord." (National hymn by A. Lvov; words, H.F.Chorley.)

12. Annunciation Hymn: "A Message Came to a Maiden Young, the angel stood beside her. In shining robes, and with golden tongue, He told what should betide her...Ah, how could She/God's Mother be,/ by His most high decree!" (Trad. Dutch.)

13. Holy, Holy, Holy: "Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee. Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty! God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!" (Tune: "Nicea", by J.B.Dykes. Words: Isaiah/R.Heber.)

14. "Of the Father's love begotten/ Ere the worlds began to be, He is Alpha and Omega, He the Source, the Ending, He, Of the things that are, that have been,/ And that future years shall see, Evermore and evermore!" (Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, 348-413; trans., J. M. Neale, H. Baker. Plainsong melody.)

15. Victimae Paschale: "Christians, to the Paschal victim/ offer your thankful praises. A lamb the sheep redeemeth: Christ, Who only is sinless...Death and life have contended/ in that combat stupendous; The Prince of life, Who died, reigns immortal...Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining...alleluia!" (Wipo, ca. 1030.)

16. The Great Creator of the Worlds: "The great Creator of the worlds, the sovreign Lord of Heaven/ His holy and immortal truth to men on earth hath given...Not to oppress, but summon men/ Their truest life to find; Inlove God sent His Son to save/ Not to condemn mankind." (Epistle to Diognetus, ca. 150, trans. F. B. Tucker. Melody: T. Tallis.)

17. O Gladsome Light: "O Gladsome Light, O grace/ Of God the Father's face, th'eternal splendor wearing; Celestial, holy, blest, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, Joyful in thine appearing..." ("Phos Hilaron," 3rd Century; trans. R. Bridges. Melody, L. Bourgeois.)

18. Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace): The author of this ancient canon is unknown. Words from the "Agnus Dei": "Lamb of God, Who takest away the sin of the world, Grant us peace".

19. Amazing Grace (J. Newton) and a paraphrase of Psalm 23: "The King of Love my Shepherd is, Whose goodness faileth never. I nothing lack if I am His and He is mine forever." by H.W. Baker. Dedicated to Bp. BASIL Essey.

20. Veni Creator Spiritus (Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire): "Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire/ And lighten with celestial fire. Thou the anointing Spirit art/ Who dost Thy seven-fold gifts impart..." (Words: 9th century Latin. Settings: J.H. Hopkins, Plainsong Melody, translation, John Cosin.)

21. Sunset to Sunrise Changes Now: "Sunset to sunrise changes now,/ For God doth make His world anew: On the Redeemer's thorn-crowned brow/ The wonders of that dawn we view..." The climactic third verse declares: "Here in o'erwhelming final strife/ The Lord of Life hath victory; And sin is slain, and death brings life/ And sons of earth hold heaven in fee." (St. Clement of Alexandria, paraphrased by H. C. Robbins. Tune: Southern Harmony)

22: I Bind Unto Myself Today (St. Patrick's Breastplate): "I bind unto myself today The strong Name of the Trinity, By invocation of the same, The Three in One, the One in Three. I bind this day to me forever, by power of faith, Christ's incarnation; His baptism in the Jordan River; His death on Cross for my salvation. His bursting from the spiced tomb; His riding up the heavenly way; His coming at the Day of Doom, I bind unto myself today...Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me..." (St. Patrick, 4th Century, trans. Cecil Alexander. Irish melody.)


In the deepest recesses of the human heart, there is a hunger for silence and contemplation. It is toward this Silence, toward the silence which is warmed by the Presence of God, to which Interior Castles is meant to lead the listener.

Allow the music, inspired by ancient chants and hymns, to calm your spirit and lead you to that place of contemplation where even music must be silent as we obey the command, "Be still, and know that I am God." (Ps.46:10)

This tape has been made with the Kurzweil K250, K2000, and PC-88 Synthesizers. Recording engineer: Dana Talley, who suggested instrumentation for many of the arrangements. To him, and to our son Jonathan, this recording is lovingly dedicated by Sue Talley, who arranged and performed the selections. 

1. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence: "... and with fear and trembling stand,/Ponder nothing earthly-minded, for with blessing in His hand/ Christ our God to earth descendeth/ Our full homage to demand." Used in the Eastern Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, from the Liturgy of St. James.

2. Simple Gifts: "'Tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free; 'Tis a gift to come down where you ought to be..." Shaker hymn, American.

3. Of the Father's Love Begotten: "Of the Father's love begotten, ere the worlds began to be/ He is Alpha and Omega, He the Source, the ending He..." Aurelius Prudentius; Plainsong, Mode V.

4. Sheep May Safely Graze: "Sheep may safely graze and pasture/ 'Neath the watchful Shepherd's care..." by J.S. Bach.

5. Lo, How a Rose: "Lo, how a rose e'er blooming/ From Jesse's root has sprung..." A hymn based upon the popular image of the "Jesse Tree", the "family tree" of Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of David. Traditional melody, from Speier Gebetbuch, 1599.

6. Jacob's Ladder: "As Jacob with travel was weary one day/ At night on a stone for a pillow he lay..." So begins the ballad of "Jacob's Ladder," which is eventually shown to be the Cross: "Hallelujah for Jesus Who died on the Tree/ and has raised up a ladder of mercy for me!" English folk carol; words traditional.

7. Pachelbel Canon: A true "song without words," this peaceful canon is one of the most popular songs in classical music.

8. O Sons and Daughters: "O sons and daughters, let us sing! The King of heaven, the mighty King/ O'er death today comes triumphing! Alleluia!" (Jean Tisserand; trans. J.M. Neale.)

9. Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod): Charles Gounod fitted Prelude #1, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, by J. S. Bach, to the melody and words of "Ave Maria," in a later century.

10. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Reprise).

11. Pange Lingua: "Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle, /Sing the winning of the fray...Tell how Christ, the world's Redeemer/ As a victim won the day." (Plainsong; words, Fortunatus, 569.)

12. Be Thou My Vision: "Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart! Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art..." (Traditional Irish tune.)

13. Flee as a Bird to Your Mountain: "Flee as a bird to your mountain/ Ye who are weary of sin..." A Spanish tune, with obvious Moorish influence. Words refer to Jesus as the Mountain of Refuge.

14. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring: "Jesu, Joy of man's desiring/ Fount of wisdom, Light of light; Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring/ soar to uncreated heights..." (Music arranged by J.S. Bach.)

15. Ave Maria: "Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb..." (Words: St. Luke's Gospel; music: Arcadelt, with an introduction by S. Talley.)

16. Tallis' Canon: "All praise to Thee, my God, this night/ For all the blessings of the light. Keep me, O keep me, King of Kings/ Beneath the shadow of Thy wings." (Music by Thomas Tallis.)

17. Agios O Theos: "Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us!" (Words: The Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church. Music: Christopher Kypros, from his "Liturgy of Peace.")

18. How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings: "How lovely are Thy dwellings, O Lord of Hosts! My soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord! My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God..." (Words: Ps. 84. Music: S. Liddle)

19. Adoro Devote (Humbly I Adore Thee): "Humbly I adore Thee, Verity unseen..." Thomas Aquinas' conclusion, after many years of study, was that all his theology could not unveil the great mystery of God. He wrote this hymn as his final statement of faith.

20. Tone 1/God the Omnipotent: The Liturgical hymn, "O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance" is combined with the old Russian hymn, "God the Omnipotent! King, Who ordainest/ Thunder Thy clarion and ligtning Thy sword...Give to us peace in our time, O Lord!" The distinctive and joyous sound of Russian bells concludes the recording. 

Sue Lane Talley has been a performer since early childhood.  She began winning piano competitions at the age of eight.  Besides her keyboard virtuosity, she is known for her work as a composer, arranger, and lecturer.  Her debut as a concert artist with Symphony Orchestra was at 16.  She assists other recording artists as accompanist and arranger, designing custom accompaniments for performance and commercial tapes here and in Italy.

Some of our other albums include synthesizer arrangements which are outlined in red.

3). Starring Carols. 

The name was taken from the Orthodox practice of "starring" (in Greek, the Kalanda), or going from house to house singing carols, while carrying a staff, on which is a star surmounted with an icon of the Nativity. As you might suppose, the majority of carols are from the Eastern European countries.

It’s not always possible to determine the place of origin of a carol, nor is it important. Carols recognize no borders! But then, neither does Christ. Still, certain countries lay reasonable claim to the origin of these carols, and, where possible, they are indicated below. We would like to thank those who helped us make these determinations--or educated guesses, in some cases!

Most of the carols are played on the Kurzweil synthesizers. However, there is a Pastorale, based upon a Hungarian carol, arranged for piano by Ernst von Dohnanyi. It describes the angels’ visit to the shepherds, and their excited response, and the quiet after the journey to Bethlehem. This piece has especially fond memories for me, and I hope you enjoy it.

Besides the instrumental numbers, there are three Christmas selections sung by Dana, who did hours and days of work producing this CD, and one carol by a children’s choir in Albania.  It is from an enchanting videotape produced by the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese, given to Jonathan by Archbishop ANASTASIOS, describing the amazing resurgence of the Orthodox Church in Albania. It is our prayer that those countries which have suffered so much of late, particularly Serbia and Albania, will be given an especially meaningful and peaceful Nativity.


 4). Sea of Galilee: An album of American Folk Hymns.

There is a Balm In Gilead, Wondrous Love, I Sing the Mighty Power of God, Jesus Lover of My Soul, King of Love/Amazing Grace, Shall We Gather At The River, A Mighty Fortress, On The Sea of Galilee, Fairest Lord Jesus, Vesper Hymn, All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name, Let us Break Bread Together, and Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.

Other Albums by both Dana and Sue Talley:

 5). Away in a Manger: A Christmas album. 

Title song music by Jonathan Talley. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, What Child is This, Gesu Bambino, Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head, The Birthday of a King, The Virgin's Slumber Song, Noel, O Holy Night, The Holly and the Ivy, Away in a Manger, I Wonder As I Wander, A Message Came to a Maiden Young, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Carols of Rejoicing, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night.

 6). A Gift to Be Free: A special Double Length  CD, representing a variety of sacred song from the American folk tradition. It contains the greatness of the spiritual and the simple faith of the Appalachian hymn tune. Each of these songs is "A Simple Gift" of love and devotion, given to the world by great Americans of two centuries. 

Amazing Grace, Simple Gifts, My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head, Just a Closer Walk, Old Time Religion, I Wonder As I Wander, Shall We Gather at the River?, Were You There?, Flee as a Bird to Your Mountain, Give Me Jesus, King of Love My Shepherd Is/Amazing Grace, Goin' Home, Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore, How Lovely Are thy Dwellings, Let us Break Bread Together, Jacob's Ladder, There Is a Balm In Gilead, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Wondrous Love, Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory.

7). Joined Hands: I Sing the Mighty Power of God, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, The Lord's Prayer, Ave Maria (Schubert), All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name, Psalm 23, A Mighty Fortress, Just As I Am, Joined Hands, It is Good to Give Thanks to the Lord, (by Jonathan Talley) On the Sea of Galilee, My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, O Sacred Head, It Is Well With My Soul.

8).  Lead On, O King Eternal: The Holy City, I Love To Tell The Story, There Is a Balm In Gilead, Deep River. Let Us Break Bread Together, Sheep May Safely Graze, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Lead On, O King Eternal, Give Me Jesus, Be Thou My Vision, Going Home, Flee as a Bird, Were You There?, Medley of Hymns of Creation.

9).  Another Christmas Carol: Side One is a wonderful story written by David Howe as a sequel to Charles Dickens' story Christmas Carol, with musical score by Sue. Side Two: Christmas music by Dana and Sue Talley.


Nessun' Dorma, Agnus Dei, Core 'ngrato, The City Gates, I'll Walk With God, Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Celeste Aida, Beethoven Apassionata Sonata, Cover story by Jonathan Talley.

Other Synthesizer Arrangements not included on Cd's     

         Adagio, Bach

         Fairest Lord Jesus, Crusaders Hymn

         I Got Rhythm, Gershwin

         Hallelujah Chorus, Handel

         Majesty, Hayford/Talley

         The Stranger of Galilee, Morris/Talley

         Var. 18, from a Theme of Paganini,   Rachmaninoff

         Reve Angelique,   Rubenstein

         Let Us Break Bread TogetherSpiritual

         Swing LowSpiritual

         There Is A Balm In GileadSpiritual

         Wayfaring StrangerSpiritual

         All Glory, Laud, and Honorarr. S. Talley

         Come ye disconsolatearr. S. Talley

         Jesus Saves/Onward Christian Soldiersarr. S. Talley

         Hebrew Medley (Jewish Folk/Sacred Songs)arr. S. Talley

         Psalm 90S. Talley

         Veni, Creator SpiritusS. Talley

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