Nov 04

Magnificat [My Soul] in D Major (Luke 1:46-55) – Johann Sebastian Bach

Mary Writing the Magnificat

Mary Writing the Magnificat (Image via Wikipedia)


  1. Magnificat – Luke 1:46
  2. Et exsultavit – Luke 1:47
  3. Quia respexit – Luke 1:48
  4. Omnes generationes – Luke 1:48
  5. Quia fecit mihi magna – Luke 1:49
  6. Et misericordia – Luke 1:50
  7. Fecit potentiam – Luke 1:51
  8. Deposuit potentes – Luke 1:52
  9. Esurientes implevit bonis – Luke 1:53
  10. Suscepit Israel – Luke 1:54
  11. Sicut locutus est – Luke 1:55
  12. [Gloria Patri]

Luke 1:46-55 [Latin]

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 (1733), by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Performed by The Strathmere Festival Orchestra & The Blanche Moyse Chorale



European Sacred Music. Edited by John Rutter. For Mixed Choir. Mixed Voices. Oxford Choral Classics Collections. 384 pages. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193436954).


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Oct 28

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf [The Spirit helps us in our weakness] (Romans 8:26-27) – Johann Sebastian Bach


Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait ...

Johann Sebastian Bach (age 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann (Image via Wikipedia)

Romans 8:26-27 [German]Movement 1 of 3 is this scripture text

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 (1729), a motet by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), composed for the funeral of Johann Heinrich Ernesti

Performed by Bach-Kantorei Appenzeller Mittelland, Ensemble la fontaine


MP3: “Der Geist hilft unser Schwachhet auf, by J.S. Bach / Hilliard Ensemble / ECM


Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf BWV 226 (Motet for two four-part mixed choirs). By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Konrad Ameln. For double SATB choir. This edition: Stapled, Urtext edition. Chor-Archiv. Auch Chorpartitur zur Ausgabe mit Instrumenten (BA 5130). Language: German, Text Language: German/English. BWV 226. 16 pages. Duration 9’30”. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA5131).


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Deutsch: "Der Geist hilft unser Schwachhe...

Deutsch: “Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf” komponiert von Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) zur Beerdigung des Rektors der Thomasschule, Johann Heinrich Ernesti, am 20. Oktober 1729 Lizenz: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Oct 21

Why fumeth in fight (Psalm 2:1-2) – Thomas Tallis


Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585 (Image via Wikipedia)

Psalm 2:1-2

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed,

[Psalter text by Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker:]

Why fum’th in fight the Gentiles spite, in fury raging stout?
Why tak’th in hand the people fond, vain things to bring about?
The Kings arise, the Lords devise, in counsels met thereto,
against the Lord with false accord, against His Christ they go.

Why fumeth in fight (published in 1567), the third of nine tunes contributed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter. As Parker described it, “The third doth rage: and roughly bray’th.” Nearly 350 years later, it was the inspiration for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

Performed by Alamire, directed by David Skinner

Performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis
“At the Gloucester Cathedral (where it in 1910 was played for the first time and conducted by Vaughan Williams himself)”


MP3: Third Tune: Why fum’th in fight, performed by Stile Antico, from the album Heavenly Harmonies / Harmonia Mundi


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Oct 14

De profundis clamavi [Out of the depths have I cried] (Psalm 130:1-8) – Josquin des Prez


English: Portrait of Josquin des Prés. Español...

Portrait of Josquin des Prés. (Image via Wikipedia)

Psalm 130:1-8 [Latin]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

De profundis (1515) by Josquin des Prez (c. 1440-1521)

Performed by the Hilliard Ensemble


MP3: De profundis clamavi, by Josquin des Prez / Motets and Chansons / Hilliard Ensemble / EMI Records, Virgin Classics


Three Psalms — Dominus Regnavit; De Profundis; Domine, Ne in Furore. (SATB, a cappella (German, Latin Language Edition)). Kalmus Edition. Masterwork; Renaissance; Sacred. Book. 24 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing


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