Jun 11

A vision of aeroplanes (Ezekiel 1:4-6, 9, 12-19, 21, 24-26, 28) – Ralph Vaughan Williams

English: Engraved illustration of the "ch...

English: Engraved illustration of the “chariot vision” of the Biblical book of Ezekiel, chapter 1, made by Matthaeus (Matthäus) Merian (1593-1650), for his “Icones Biblicae” (a.k.a. “Iconum Biblicarum”). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ezekiel 1:4-6, 9, 12-19, 21, 24-26, 28

And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.

16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.

18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.

25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.

26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.


A vision of aeroplanes, first performed on June 4, 1956 and composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)


Performed by the Finzi Singers, director Paul Spicer, organist Harry Bicket

 

Feb 26

O clap your hands (Psalm 47:1-2,5-8) – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams circa 1920

Vaughan Williams c. 1920

Psalm 47:1-2,5-8

O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.


O clap your hands (1920), composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)


Performed by St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir

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SATB, Organ. For Mixed Voices with Brass, Percussion & Organ, or Trumpet & Organ, or Ful. Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). With Standard notation. 10 pages. Duration 2 minutes, 45 seconds. Thorpe Music #392-03044. Published by Thorpe Music (PR.392030440).

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Jan 04

O taste and see (Psalm 34:8) – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams in 1919, by William Rothenstein

Psalm 34:8

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

O taste and see, composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953


Performed by The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford

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Sacred and Secular Songs: O Taste and See / Stephen Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir

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English Church Music, Volume 1: Anthems and Motets composed 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