Jan Bender  1909-1994

A Church Musician of the 20th Century


by David Fienen

July 2007




Catalog of Compositions



Arnold, Corliss Richard. Organ Literature: A Comprehensive Survey. Second Edition. Metuchen, NJ, The Scarecrow Press, 1984.

“Association of Lutheran Church Musicians Honors Jan Bender,” The Hymn, July 1988, p. 28.

“Bach in Polynesien,” Der Kirchenchor, September-October 1963, p. 75.

Bates, William, “Hugo Distler and His Organ Music; An Interview with Jan Bender,” The American Organist, December 1982, p. 42.

Becher, Ronald. “Jan Bender: A Student Remembers,” The American Organist. May 2005, p. 58.

Bender, Jan, “Bruno Grusnick, Hugo Distler und ich,” Grusnick Festschrift, Neuhausen-Stuttgart, Hänssler Verlag, 1981, p. 23.

Bender, Jan, “Recollections of Hugo Distler,” Church Music 67.2 (1967, no. 2), p. 36.

Bender, Jan. Improvisation for Beginners, opus 59. St. Louis, Concordia Publishing House, 1975.

Bender, Jan. Tagebücher. manuscript, 19 volumes, 1927-1989.

Bender, Jan. Werkverzeichnis. manuscript, 5 versions extant.

Bender, Jan. Works of Jan Bender, Status: July 1968. manuscript (Fuerbringer Library, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO).

Berger, Jean. “Interpretation of 20th-Century Choral Music,” Choral Journal, March-April 1967, p. 15.

Blume, Friedrich. Protestant Church Music, A History. New York, W. W. Norton, 1974.

“Church in Royal Oak, MI, Commissions Service Music” [Introduction, Fugue and Variations on Kremser, op. 41], Diapason, June 1966, p. 24.

“Fellows of the Hymn Society, 1942 to 1980,” The Hymn, January 1982, p. 16.

Fienen, David, “Jan Bender Named First Honorary Member of ALCM,” Grace Notes (a publication of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians), January 1988.

Fienen, David, “Jan Oskar Bender; February 3, 1909-December 29, 1994,” Cross Accent (Journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians), number 6, July, 1995, p. 32-35.

Fienen, David, “Jan Bender: A Church Musician of the 20th Century,” Perspectives on Organ Playing and Musical Interpretation; A Festschrift for Heinrich Fleischer at 90, New Ulm, Martin Luther College, 2002.

Finscher, Ludwig, “Moderne Passion in Göttingen” [Johannespassion], Melos, June 1959, p. 190.

“Focus on the Composer of Church Music,” Church Music 67.2 (1967, no. 2), p. 5.

Folkerts, Davis Lowell. A Comprehensive Performance Project in Organ Literature with a Catalog of Jan Bender’s Published Organ Works. DMA Dissertation, University of Iowa, 1973.

Gebauer, Victor, “Passion Settings for the Parish” [Passion According to St. Mark ], Church Music 73.1 (1973, no. 1), p. 8.

Gehrke, Hugo, “Composers for the Church: Jan Bender,” Church Music 71.1 (1971, no. 1), p. 30.

Glass, Henry G., Jr., “Jan Bender, Ebenezer Lutheran Church, St. Louis” [Recitals and Concerts], The American Organist, December 1968, p. 9.

Goldstaub, Dianne, “Years of Work Pacify Bender,” The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 22. November 1979, p. 14C.

Herman, David, “Jan Bender in Celebration of His 80th Birthday,” The American Organist, March 1989, p. 68.

Herman, David, “Jan Bender: Organist, Composer, Teacher,” Journal of Church Music, June, 1975, p. 7.

Herman, David. Jan Bender and His Organ Music. DMA Dissertation, University of Kansas, 1974.

Herman, David. The Life and Work of Jan Bender. [Wittenberg, OH], Chantry Music Press, 1979.

“Jan Bender” [Appointments], Diapason, October 1980, p. 5.

“Jan Bender” [Retirements], Diapason, February 1975, p. 8.

“Jan Bender” [Wir gratulieren], Der Kirchenchor, 29/1 (1969), p. 12.

“Jan Bender’s Variations on the Hymn Tune ‘Slane’” [Premieres], The American Organist, November 1983, p. 45.

“Jan Bender,” Diapason, January 1961, p. 7

“Jan Bender,” Schleswig-Holstein Landeszeitung, Rendsburg, Germany, 7. December 1987.

“Jan Bender,” The American Organist, May 1965, p. 25.

Johns, Donald C., “The Protestant Chorale in Contemporary German Organ Music,” The American Music Teacher, 13/4 (1964), p. 14.

“Kleine Choralvorspiele” [review], Musical Times, December 1949, p. 447.

Kratzenstein, Marilou. Survey of Organ Literature and Editions. Ames, IA, Iowa State University Press, 1980.

Meuthien, O., “Bender-Uraufführung in Hamburg,” Musik und Kirche, March-April 1955, p. 122.

Meuthien, O., “Weihnachtsgeschichte von Jan Bender in Hamburg,” Musik und Kirche, March-April 1953, p. 75.

Myles, Wilfrid, “Jan Bender geehrt,” Musik und Kirche, 58/5 (1988), p. 283.

Noss, Luther, “Organ Music; An Annual Survey,” Notes, June 1967, p. 846.

“Organ Improvisation for Beginners: A Book of Self-Instruction for Church Musicians.,” [review], Church Music 76.1 (1976, no. 1), p. 54.

“Organ Improvisation for Beginners: A Book of Self-Instruction for Church Musicians.,” [review], Music Educators Journal, September 1976, p. 129.

“Organ Improvisation for Beginners: A Book of Self-Instruction for Church Musicians.,” [review], Music [The AGO & RCCO Magazine], March 1977, p. 10.

Palmer, Larry. Hugo Distler and His Church Music. St. Louis, Concordia Publishing House, 1967.

“Psalm-Motette, op. 114” [Uraufführungen], Der Kirchenmusiker, 41/1 (1990), p. 36.

Stulken, Marilyn Kay. Hymnal Companion to the Lutheran Book of Worship. Philadelphia, Fortress Press, 1981, p. 436.

Witte, Martin, “Die ‘Johannespassion’ von Jan Bender,” Musik und Kirche, May-June 1959, p. 153.




“Si qua ergo in Christo nova creatura” für vierstimmigen Chor, op. 67,5. Chor- und Orgelmusik in der St. Marienkirche Rendsburg. Leitung u. Orgel: Hans Jürgen Baller. November 1979.

“Die vergnügte Klaviermusik” op. 3, no. 1, “Rondo in D major” op. 3, no. 8, “Rondo in D minor” op. 3, no. 9, “Toccata in G minor” op. 3, no. 10, “Ein Männlein steht im Walde” op. 3, no. 7, “Sonatina in C” op. 3, no. 5, “12 Little Ditties” op. 73. “Merry Keyboard Music” by Jan Bender. John McKay, pianist. Herb Streitz Recording Co., New Ulm, MN, 1981.

“Musik für Bläser” op. 7, no. 2, “Come, Holy Ghost” op. 20. Bläser- und Orgelmusik. 100 Jahre Posaunenchor Harburg 1888-1988. Leitung: Heinz Korupp, John Chapman, Orgel. October 1987.

“Variations on a Theme by Hugo Distler” op. 38, “God So Loved the World” op. 12, no. 1. Bach to Bender at Concordia. Jan Bender, organist, Robert Bergt, conductor. Schola Cantorum Records. Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. 1965.

“Double Motets: Creation, Judgment Day, Crucifixion” op. 50. Double Motets of Jan Bender. As performed by the Wittenberg Choir, John Williams, director. Delta Records, DRS 75-542.

“Christ hath humbled himself” from op. 15, “The Passion According to St. Mark” op. 11, no. 1. Concordia Singers, Seward, Nebraska. Music for Holy Week. Concordia Singers, Carlos Messerli, director, 1976.

In addition, several tape recordings of performances by Jan Bender and of significant performances of his compositions have been copied onto CDs and are on deposit with the Jan Bender Archives at the Stadtbibliothek, Lübeck.


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