Dec 09

Quaerite primum regnum Dei [Seek ye first the kingdom of God] (Matthew 6:33) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Mozart in 1777, the year of the concerto. Pain...

Mozart in 1777. Painted in Bologna by an unknown artist (Image via Wikipedia)

Matthew 6:33 [Latin]

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Quaerite primum regnum Dei (K. 86), written on October 9, 1770 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) as a composition exercise for admission to the Accademia Filarmonica, Bologna.

Performed by Coro Città di Bastia

Performed by Teatro Armonico Stuttgart


MP3: Quaerite primum regnum Dei in D Minor / Teatro Armonico Stuttgart / Brilliant Classics


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Dec 02

Blessed are they that considereth the poor [Foundling Hospital Anthem] (Psalm 41:1-3) – George F. Handel


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Psalm 41:1-3

Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

Handel’s music text:

Blessed are they that considereth the poor and needy:
the Lord will deliver them in time of trouble,
the Lord preserve them and comfort them.
They deliver the poor that crieth, the fatherless
and him that hath none to help him.
The Lord will comfort them.
O God, who from the suckling’s mouth
ordaineth early praise,
of such as worship Thee in truth
accept the humble lays.

The charitables shall be had in everlasting remembrance
and the good will shine as the brightness of the firmament.

Comfort them, O Lord, when they are sick:
make thou their bed in sickness.
Keep them alive, let them be blessed upon the earth
and not deliver them unto their foes.

The Kingdom of this world
is become the kingdom of our Lord
and of His Christ,
and He shall reign forever and ever.

Blessed are they that considereth the poor (Foundling Hospital Anthem), HWV 268, composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and first performed May 27, 1749

Handel offered his first benefit concert for the Hospital in 1749 to fund the completion of the Chapel, and composed the anthem Blessed are they that considereth the poor, known as the Foundling Hospital Anthem, for this occasion. (source: Foundling Museum)

Performed by The Academy of Ancient Music, Dir. Simon Preston, Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford
Soloists Emma Kirkby – Judith Nelson – Shirley Minty – James Bowman – Martyn Hill – David Thomas



Foundling Hospital Anthem by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Edited by Donald Burrows. For SSAT Vocal Soli, SATB Chorus, [], Timpani, Strings, Basso continuo. This edition: Cloth-bound, hardcover. First Performance: May 27th, 1749. Choral. Full score. Text Language: English. Duration 32 minutes. Published by Edition Peters (PE.PB7227). 


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Nov 25

Jubilate Deo [O be joyful in the Lord] (Psalm 100:1-5) – Henry Purcell


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Psalm 100:1-5

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Jubilate Deo, Z. 232, composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and first performed on St. Cecilia’s Day 1694 in St Bride’s Church, London

Performed by The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Timothy Brown (director)


MP3: Jubilate Deo / Sacred Music / Choir of Clare College / Brilliant


Te Deum Laudamus and Jubilate Deo in D by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Edited by J.F. Bridge. For Choral (SSATB). Music Sales America. Baroque, Sacred. 42 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV070427. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14026426).


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Nov 18

God grant with grace (Psalm 67:1-2) – Thomas Tallis


Archbishop Matthew Parker (1504-1575)

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Psalm 67:1-2

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

[Psalter text by Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker:]

God grant with grace, he us embrace,
in gentle part bless he our heart.
With loving face shine he in place,
his mercies all on us to fall.
That we thy way may know all day,
while we do sail this world so frail.
Thy health’s reward is nigh declared,
as plain as eye all gentiles spy.

God grant with grace (published in 1567), also known as “Tallis’s Canon,” the eighth of nine tunes contributed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter. As Parker described it, “The eyghte goeth milde: in modest pace.”

Performed by Alamire, directed by David Skinner



MP3: Eighth Tune: God grant with grace, performed by Stile Antico, from the album Heavenly Harmonies / Harmonia Mundi


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