Nov 25

Jubilate Deo [O be joyful in the Lord] (Psalm 100:1-5) – Henry Purcell

 

Portrait of Henry Purcell

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Psalm 100:1-5

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Jubilate Deo, Z. 232, composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and first performed on St. Cecilia’s Day 1694 in St Bride’s Church, London


Performed by The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Timothy Brown (director)

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Te Deum Laudamus and Jubilate Deo in D by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Edited by J.F. Bridge. For Choral (SSATB). Music Sales America. Baroque, Sacred. 42 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV070427. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14026426).

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Nov 18

God grant with grace (Psalm 67:1-2) – Thomas Tallis

 

Archbishop Matthew Parker (1504-1575)

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Psalm 67:1-2

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

[Psalter text by Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker:]

God grant with grace, he us embrace,
in gentle part bless he our heart.
With loving face shine he in place,
his mercies all on us to fall.
That we thy way may know all day,
while we do sail this world so frail.
Thy health’s reward is nigh declared,
as plain as eye all gentiles spy.

God grant with grace (published in 1567), also known as “Tallis’s Canon,” the eighth of nine tunes contributed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter. As Parker described it, “The eyghte goeth milde: in modest pace.”


Performed by Alamire, directed by David Skinner

 

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Nov 11

I heard a voice from Heaven (Revelation 14:13) – John Goss

 

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Revelation 14:13

13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

I heard a voice from heaven (1877) by John Goss (1800-1880).


Performed by St. James Episcopal Church Choir, Marietta, Georgia. Nov. 6, 2011. Steven Schneider, conductor.

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I Heard a Voice from Heaven by John Goss. Arranged by A. T. Davison. For SATB Choir. Memorial. Choral, all saints/all souls. Octavo. Scripture: Revelation 14:13. 4 pages. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.1705).

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Nov 04

Magnificat [My Soul] in D Major (Luke 1:46-55) – Johann Sebastian Bach

Mary Writing the Magnificat

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Movements:

  1. Magnificat – Luke 1:46
  2. Et exsultavit – Luke 1:47
  3. Quia respexit – Luke 1:48
  4. Omnes generationes – Luke 1:48
  5. Quia fecit mihi magna – Luke 1:49
  6. Et misericordia – Luke 1:50
  7. Fecit potentiam – Luke 1:51
  8. Deposuit potentes – Luke 1:52
  9. Esurientes implevit bonis – Luke 1:53
  10. Suscepit Israel – Luke 1:54
  11. Sicut locutus est – Luke 1:55
  12. [Gloria Patri]

Luke 1:46-55 [Latin]

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 (1733), by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)


Performed by The Strathmere Festival Orchestra & The Blanche Moyse Chorale

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European Sacred Music. Edited by John Rutter. For Mixed Choir. Mixed Voices. Oxford Choral Classics Collections. 384 pages. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193436954).

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