Hamburg Mass

Greg Schaefer’s Hamburg Mass debuted in February 2013. In his own words:

Dedicated to my father William H. Schaefer (1924-1991) born in Hamburg, MN. As the years have passed I have realized that he was the source of my creativity and love of music. Hamburg is memory in my past, but profoundly effects who I am today.

My father was a creative thinker who was both plain spoken and complex. So instead of solely relying on the standard liturgical lyrics as I have done in the past, with Hamburg I wrote my own. The lyrics are intentionally simple to foster contemplation, the melody’s are intentionally easy to enable participation, but the chords moving underneath have complexity.

The liturgy can be performed with instrumentation as simple as voice / guitar or any size ensemble.