Johann Baptist Schiedermayer (1779 - 1840) was a German
organist and composer. He served as Linz Cathedral
Vespers is the sunset evening prayer service in the
Western Catholic, Eastern (Byzantine) Catholic, Eastern
Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran liturgies of the
canonical hours. The word comes from the Greek
ἑσπέρα and the Latin
vesper, meaning "evening." It is also referred to in
the Anglican tradition as Evening Prayer or Evensong.
The term is also used in some Protestant denominations
(such as the Presbyterian Church or Seventh-day
Adventist Church) to describe evening services.
From its traditional usage, the term Vespers has come
to be used more broadly for various evening services of
other churches, some of which model their evening
services on the traditional Roman Catholic form.
Presbyterians and Methodists, as well as
congregationalist religious bodies such as Unitarian
Universalism, often include congregational singing,
readings, and a period of silent meditation,
contemplation, or prayer.
The "Vesper Solemne" ("Solemn Vesper") was originally
written for Chorus (SATB) & Organ, I created this
arrangement for Concert (Pedal) Harp & String Ensemble
(Violins (2), Viola & Cello).