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Dietrich Bartel received his undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in 1975, where he majored in Music History and Organ Performance, studying with Hugh J. McLean. He completed his PhD at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany, in 1982. While in Freiburg, he also held the post of Kantor at the Lutherkirche.

In 1985 he moved to Winnipeg to take up a teaching position at what is now Canadian Mennonite University, continuing his research and writing on German Baroque music theory and practice with publications such as his Musica Poetica (University of Nebraska Press, 1997) and more recently Andreas Werckmeister’s Musicalische Paradoxal-Discourse: A Well-Tempered Universe (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, 2017).

In 1996 Dr. Bartel was appointed Minister of Music at All Saints Anglican Church in Winnipeg. With his extensive background and experience in German Baroque practice and Lutheran worship experience, he brought a rich breadth and depth to the worship music at All Saints, including performances of orchestrated masses, oratorios, and Bach cantatas. The All Saints Choir continues to enjoy his book of descants, his settings of the Psalms for the lectionary, and his numerous anthems.


by Dietrich Bartel

SATB a cappella – CP 2268 – duration 2:40

Finding a suitable anthem for The Baptism of Jesus, The Transfiguration, or any other Sunday in the season of Epiphany, is not always easy. This anthem is most suitable for either of the Sundays that bookend the Epiphany season, or any Sunday between them. “Epiphany”, both the anthem and the season, celebrates the coming of the Light into the world. The frequent duplets in the anthem express the union of the divine and the human, the Word made flesh.