Jul 09

Sicut cervus [Like a deer] (Psalm 42:1) Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, c. 1525–1594

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, c. 1525–1594 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 42:1 [Latin]

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.


Sicut cervus (1584), composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)


Performed by The Cambridge Singers

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Jul 02

Vox in Rama [A voice in Rama] (Matthew 2:18; Jeremiah 31:15) – George Kirbye

Matthew 2:18; Jeremiah 31:15

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

15 Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.


Vox in Rama, composed by George Kirbye (1565-1634)


Performed by Quire Cleveland

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Jun 25

Bendita Sabedoria (Blessed Wisdom) – (Proverbs 1:20, 20:15, 4:7, 24:5, 3:13; Psalm 90:12) – Heitor Villa-Lobos

Português: O compositor brasileiro Heitor Vila...

Português: O compositor brasileiro Heitor Vila-Lobos (1887-1959). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Proverbs 1:20, 20:15, 4:7, 24:5, 3:13; Psalm 90:12 [Portuguese]

20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets

15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.


Bendita Sabedoria (1958), composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

I. Sapientia foris praedicat

II. Vas pretiosum

III. Principium sapientiae

IV. Vir sapiens

V. Beatus homo

VI. Dexteram tuam

Choir: SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
Conductor: Marcus Creed

 

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