Jan 17

Ich aber bin elend [But I am poor] (Psalm 69:29; Exodus 34:6-7) – Johannes Brahms

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Psalm 69:29; Exodus 34:6-7 [German]

29 But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.

And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,

Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

Ich aber bin elend (composed 1889) Op. 110, No. 1, from Drei Motetten, Op. 110 [Three Motets], composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Performed by Academic Choir Tone Tomsic University
Conductor / conductor: Sebastian Vrhovnik

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Edited by Gunter Graulich. German title: Ich aber bin elend (2). Sacred, Motets; Occasions: Peace and Justice, Psalms, Mourning, Death; Use during church year: Holy Week. Full score. Composed 1889. 8 pages. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4012310). ISBN M-007-06246-0. Sacred, Motets; Occasions: Peace and Justice, Psalms, Mourning, Death; Use during church year: Holy Week.

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Jul 20

Herr, wie lange willst du mein so gar vergessen [How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? Forever?] (Psalm 13:1-6) – Johannes Brahms

 

Brahms in 1853

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Psalm 13:1-6 [German]

How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Herr, wie lange willst du mein so gar vergessen for female voices, Op. 27, composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). First performed, with Brahms conducting, in St Peter’s Church, Hamburg, on 19 September 1859; published 1864. Additional information here.

Performed by the University of Illinois’ Women’s Glee Club
Directed by Dr. Andrea Solya
Chris Holman, Organ

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Psalm 13 (Lord, how long wilt thou forget me and forsake me?). Composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Edited by Gunter Graulich. For Strings version: SSA Choir, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Contrabass. G-Moll (G minor). German title: Der 13.Psalm. Psalms, German; Psalms. Level 2. Part: cello/double bass. Language: German/English. Composed 1859. Op. 27. 4 pages. Duration 5 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4018214).

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Feb 23

Zwei Motetten [Two Motets] (Job 3:20-23; Lamentations 3:41; James 5:11) – Johannes Brahms

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From the first motet, “Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen,” which includes Job 3:20-23; Lamentations 3:41; James 5:11 [German]

20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;

21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Zwei Motetten, Op. 74 (1877 for the first motet, which uses Biblical texts), by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)


Performed by Sofia Vokalensemble

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Warum ist das Licht gegeben (aus: Zwei Motetten). By Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Edited by Gunter Graulich. For SSATBB Choir. D-Moll (D minor). German title: Warum ist das Licht gegeben. Sacred, Chamber Choir – Recommended by Frieder Bernius; Occasions: Mourning, Death. Level 3. Full score. Language: German. Op. 74, No. 1. 8 pages. Duration 7 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4012010).

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Jun 23

Selig sind die Toten [Blessed are the dead], from Ein Deutsches Requiem [A German Requiem] (Revelation 14:13) – Johannes Brahms

 

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English: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), German composer, 1889 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revelation 14:13 [German]

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.

Selig sind die Toten (1866) from Ein deutsches Requiem, nach Worten der heiligen Schrift [A German Requiem, To Words of the Holy Scriptures] Op. 45, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)


Performed by KammerChor Hofheim, Monteverdichor Budapest

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For soprano voice solo, baritone voice solo, SATB choir and piano accompaniment. Op. 45 (Text Language: German). 96 pages. Duration circa 70 minutes. Published by Edition Peters

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