Oct 28

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf [The Spirit helps us in our weakness] (Romans 8:26-27) – Johann Sebastian Bach

 

Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait ...

Johann Sebastian Bach (age 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann (Image via Wikipedia)

Romans 8:26-27 [German]Movement 1 of 3 is this scripture text

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 (1729), a motet by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), composed for the funeral of Johann Heinrich Ernesti


Performed by Bach-Kantorei Appenzeller Mittelland, Ensemble la fontaine

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Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf BWV 226 (Motet for two four-part mixed choirs). By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Konrad Ameln. For double SATB choir. This edition: Stapled, Urtext edition. Chor-Archiv. Auch Chorpartitur zur Ausgabe mit Instrumenten (BA 5130). Language: German, Text Language: German/English. BWV 226. 16 pages. Duration 9’30”. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA5131).

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Deutsch: “Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf” komponiert von Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) zur Beerdigung des Rektors der Thomasschule, Johann Heinrich Ernesti, am 20. Oktober 1729 Lizenz: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Oct 21

Why fumeth in fight (Psalm 2:1-2) – Thomas Tallis

 

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585 (Image via Wikipedia)

Psalm 2:1-2

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed,

[Psalter text by Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker:]

Why fum’th in fight the Gentiles spite, in fury raging stout?
Why tak’th in hand the people fond, vain things to bring about?
The Kings arise, the Lords devise, in counsels met thereto,
against the Lord with false accord, against His Christ they go.

Why fumeth in fight (published in 1567), the third of nine tunes contributed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter. As Parker described it, “The third doth rage: and roughly bray’th.” Nearly 350 years later, it was the inspiration for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.


Performed by Alamire, directed by David Skinner


Performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis
“At the Gloucester Cathedral (where it in 1910 was played for the first time and conducted by Vaughan Williams himself)”

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Oct 14

De profundis clamavi [Out of the depths have I cried] (Psalm 130:1-8) – Josquin des Prez

 

English: Portrait of Josquin des Prés. Español...

Portrait of Josquin des Prés. (Image via Wikipedia)

Psalm 130:1-8 [Latin]

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.

Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

De profundis (1515) by Josquin des Prez (c. 1440-1521)


Performed by the Hilliard Ensemble

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Three Psalms — Dominus Regnavit; De Profundis; Domine, Ne in Furore. (SATB, a cappella (German, Latin Language Edition)). Kalmus Edition. Masterwork; Renaissance; Sacred. Book. 24 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing

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Oct 07

These are they which follow the Lamb (Revelation 14:4-5) – John Goss

 

Sir John Goss from NPG

Sir John Goss from National Portrait Gallery, London (Image via Wikipedia)

Revelation 14:4-5

These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

These are they which follow the Lamb (1859) by John Goss (1800-1880)


Performed by the Deseret Chamber Singers

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English Church Music, Volume 1: Anthems and Motets by Robert King. Arranged by John Rutter. For SATB choir with keyboard/unaccompanied/basso continuo. Mixed Voices. Oxford Choral Classics Collections. Sacred, Choral Collection. Vocal score. 384 pages. Published by Oxford University Press

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