Mar 29

Hosianna dem Sohne Davids [Hosanna to the son of David] (Matthew 21:9) – Bartholomeus Gesius

Entry of Christ into Jerusalem (1320) by Pietro Lorenzetti: entering the city on a donkey symbolizes arrival in peace rather than as a war-waging king arriving on a horse

Matthew 21:9b [German]

And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

Hosianna dem Sohne Davids, composed by Bartholomeus Gesius (1555/1562-1613)


Performed by King’s College Choir

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Mar 22

Hosanna Filio David [Hosanna to the son of David] (Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9-10, Luke 19:38, John 12:13) – Franz Schubert

Franz_Schubert_by_Wilhelm_August_Rieder_1875Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9-10, Luke 19:38, John 12:13

And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna Filio David from 6 Antiphonen zum Palmsonntag, D.696 (1820) by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)


Performed by Archdiocesan Boy Choir of Philadelphia

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Schubert: Sechs Antiphonen zum Palmsonntag composed by Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Edited by Werner Bodendorff. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. German title: Sechs Antiphonen zum Palmsonntag. Full score. 4 pages. Published by Carus Verlag

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Mar 15

Canticum Canticorum I [Song of Songs] (Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 6:10,12; 7:10-12) – Ivan Moody

Song of Songs 2:10-13; 6:10,12; 7:10-12

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

10 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?

12 Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.

10 I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.

11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages.

12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves.

Canticum Canticorum I, composed by Ivan Moody (b. 1964) for the Hilliard Ensemble and premiered in 1987

Movements I, II, III: “Surge propera amica mea,” “Descendi in hortum meum,” and “Ego dilecti meo.”


Performed by Quire Cleveland

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Mar 08

The Lord is my strength and my song (Exodus 15:2) – George Frideric Handel

Portrait of Handel, by Balthasar Denner

Exodus 15:2a

The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

“The Lord is my strength and my song” from the oratorio Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 (1739), composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


Performed by Trinity Wall Street Choir

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Israel in Egypt: Part III, Moses’ Song, The Lord Is My Strength and My Song (Duet)[1739 & 1756 Versions]

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Israel in Egypt (SATB). Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). For Choral, Piano (SATB). Choral Large Works. 204 pages. G. Schirmer #ED479. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50324100). 

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