A beautiful medley of three Lutheran Hymns: "Come, O Long-Expected Jesus," "A Mighty Fortress is our God," and "Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord." The piece opens with a fanfare based on "A Mighty Fortress" and flows into the W. Walker, southern harmony Advent tune. The second hymn, written by Martin Luther, is unique since it uses the original meter and syncopated tune. The piece concludes with the third hymn with a similar fanfare as the beginning.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Ave verum corpus in D major (K. 618) was written for Anton Stoll (a friend of his and Joseph Haydn's) who was musical coordinator in the parish of Baden bei Wien, near Vienna. This setting of the Ave verum corpus text was composed to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi and the autograph is dated 17 June 1791.
“Beauty and the Beast” is the forth movement of the “Mother Goose Suite.” This movement, often called “Conversation with the Beauty and the Beast,” Is very challenging because it is slow, the tonalities, accidentals, and the lead instruments, particularly in the “Beast” motif, have challenging parts.