Apr 30

Super flumina Babylonis [By the rivers of Babylon] (Psalm 137:1) – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Kupferstich von Ferdinand Ruscheweyh nach eine...

Kupferstich von Ferdinand Ruscheweyh nach einem Gemälde Eduard von Bendemanns (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 137:1-2 [Latin]

1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.


Super flumina Babylonis (1581), composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)


Performed by The Choir of Saint Luke’s Ordinariate Parish, Washington DC

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Aug 09

Dum complerentur dies pentecostes [When the day of Pentecost] (Acts 2:1-2; John 20:19) – G. P. da Palestrina

English: Pentecost

English: Pentecost (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Acts 2:1-2; John 20:19 (adapted) [Latin]

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

Dum complerentur dies pentecostes (from Liber primus motettorum,1569), composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)


Performed by Coro I Ragazzi Cantori di S. Giovanni (San Giovanni in Persiceto, BO – http://www.ragazzicantori.it) Direttore: M° Marco Arlotti

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Dum complerentur

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Apr 19

Ascendo ad Patrem [I ascend to my Father] (John 20:17; 15:26; 16:22; 14:16) – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Jesus represented as telling Mary not to touch him, by Hans Holbein the Younger.

John 20:17; 15:26; 16:22; 14:16 [Latin]

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Ascendo ad Patrem (published in Motettorum liber secundus, 5, 6, 8vv, Venice in 1572), composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)


Performed by The Cambridge Singers
Conducted by John Rutter

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Motets for 5-8 Voices: Book 2 for 5, 6 and 8 Voices: Ascendo ad Patrem

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Apr 12

Alleluia, tulerunt Dominum [They took away my Lord] (John 20:13-15) – G. P. da Palestrina

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

John 20:13-15 [Latin]

13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

Alleluia, tulerunt Dominum (published 1569, Liber primus motettorum, 5–7vv, Rome), composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)


Performed by Choir of the Cathedral of Fiesole
Director, Michele Manganelli

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