Jan 19

De Profundis [Out of the depths] (Psalm 130:1-8) – Arvo Pärt


Arvo Pärt

Cover of Arvo Pärt

Psalm 130:1-8 [Latin]

1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.

2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

De profundis for men’s voices, percussion (ad lib.) and organ (1980), composed by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

Performed by the men of chamberchoir Doulce Memoire, Gerrie Meijers (organ), Brigit de Klerk, Anneke Meulenberg and Loulou Schöttelndreiër (percussion), conducted by Felix van den Hombergh, performed during concert on April 17th 2010 in Overveen, The Netherlands


MP3: De Profundis, Psalm 130 (129) – Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier /  Harmonia Mundi


De Profundis (Chorpartitur). By Arvo Part (1935-). For Ttbb Choir, Percussion (Ad. Lib.), Organ. Bible, Psalm 130 (129). World Premiere: in Martinskirche Kassel / Germany by the Vokalensemble Kassel conducted by Klaus Martin Ziegler. Standard notation. Duration 7 minutes. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE032974).


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Jan 12

Jesu, meine Freude [Jesus, my joy] (Romans 8:1-2,4,9-11) – J.S. Bach


Español: Retrato del músico Johann Sebastian Bach.

Johann Sebastian Bach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Romans 8:1-2,4,9-11 [German]

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

As heard in movements of the work:

  1. Jesu, meine Freude (1st stanza)
  2. Es ist nun nichts Verdammliches (based on Romans 8:1,4)
  3. Unter deinem Schirmen (2nd stanza)
  4. Denn das Gesetz (à 3, based on Romans 8:2)
  5. Trotz dem alten Drachen (3rd stanza)
  6. Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich (fugue, based on Romans 8:9)
  7. Weg mit allen Schätzen (4th stanza)
  8. So aber Christus in euch ist (à 3, based on Romans 8:10)
  9. Gute Nacht, o Wesen (à 4, 5th stanza)
  10. So nun der Geist (based on Romans 8:11)
  11. Weicht, ihr Trauergeister (6th stanza)

Jesu, meine Freude (motet, 1723), by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Performed by Bach-Kantorei



Jesu, meine Freude e minor, BWV 227 (Motet for two mixed choirs). By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Konrad Ameln. For SSATB choir, instruments ad lib (2 oboes, bassoon, strings, basso continuo) (Mixed Choir: SSATB/Instruments ad libitum (2 Oboes/Bassoon/Strings/Basso continuo)). This edition: Stapled, Urtext edition. Stapled. Chor-Archiv. Sacred. Level 4. Choral score. BWV 227. Duration 25 minutes. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA5132).


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Jan 05

To everything there is a season (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) – John Rutter


Ecclesiastes 3

Ecclesiastes 3 (Photo credit: Tobyotter)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

To everything there is a season (1997) by John Rutter (b. 1945)

Performed by The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter conducting


MP3: To every thing there is a season / John Rutter / The Cambridge Singers / Mass of the Children


To Everything There is a Season by John Rutter (1945-). For SATB choir (piano accompaniment). John Rutter Series. Main Key: E Major. Sacred. Difficulty: Medium (Adult). Octavo. 12 pages. Duration 5 minutes 46 seconds. Published by Hinshaw Music Inc. (HI.HMC1910).


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Dec 29

Ab oriente venerunt Magi [There came wise men from the east] (Matthew 2:1,11) – Jacob Handl


English: Adoration of the Wise Men by Murillo

English: Adoration of the Wise Men by Murillo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 2:1,11 [Latin] (music based on these verses)

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

Ab oriente venerunt Magi by Jacob(us) Handl Gallus (1550-1591)



Ab Oriente Venerunt Magi In Bethlehem/4 Voix Mixtes (Lumen Christi) by Gallus / Cartier. For 4 mixed voices. Published by Heugel & Cie (AH.HE32858).


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