Jul 08

Wer bis an das Ende beharrt [He that shall endure to the end] from Elias [Elijah] (Matthew 24:13) – by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

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Dieric Bouts – Prophet Elijah in the Desert – WGA03015 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 24:13 [German – though oratorio premiered in English]

13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Wer bis an das Ende beharrt [He that shall endure to the end] (chorus) from Elias [Elijah] (1846) by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)


Performed by Seattle Pro Musica under the direction of the Karen P. Thomas

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MP3: He that shall endure to the end / Robert Shaw & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra / Telarc

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For SATB & double SATB quartet solos, SATB choir and piano (SATB). Choral Large Works. Oratorio. Classical Period. Difficulty: medium. Vocal score. Choral notation and piano reduction. 198 pages. G. Schirmer #ED43. Published by G. Schirmer

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Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers (chapter on Mendelssohn)

The Gift of Music: Great Composers and Their Influence (chapter on Mendelssohn)

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Jul 01

Laudate Dominum [Praise the Lord], from Vesperae solennes de confessore [Solemn Vespers of the Confessor] (Psalm 117:1-2) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

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Psalm 117:1-2 [Latin]

O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.

Laudate Dominum from Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339 (1780) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)


Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker, conductor Claudio Abbado, soloist Rachel Harnisch

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MP3: Laudate Dominum, Vesperae solennes de confessore in C / Sir Colin Davis / Philips-Decca

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Edited by Karl Gustav Fellerer; Felix Schroeder. Arranged by Martin Focke. For soprano voice solo/SATB choir/bassoon/strings/organ. This edition: Stapled, Urtext edition. From the Vesperae solennes de Confessore. Level 3. Piano reduction. K. 339. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag

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Jun 25

Beatus vir [Blessed is the man], from Selva Morale e Spirituale (Psalm 112:1-10) – Claudio Monteverdi

 

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Copy of a portrait of Claudio Monteverdi by Bernardo Strozzi, hanging in the Gallerie dall’Accademia in Venice (1640). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 112:1-10 [Latin]

Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in theLord.

His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.

He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.

10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

 Beatus vir, from Selva Morale e Spirituale (1641) by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)


Performed by New Trinity Baroque, directed from the chamber organ by Predrag Gosta

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MP3: Beatus vir / Cambridge Singers / Collegium

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European Sacred Music by John Rutter (1945-). Edited by John Rutter. For Mixed Choir. Mixed Voices. Oxford Choral Classics Collections. Sacred, Choral Collection. Choral collection. 384 pages. Published by Oxford University Press

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Jun 24

Miserere mei, Deus [Have mercy upon me, O God] (Psalm 51:1-19) – Gregorio Allegri

 

Gregorio Allegri

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Psalm 51:1-19 [Latin]

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Miserere mei, Deus (prob. from 1630s) by Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)


Performed by The Choir of Claire College, Cambridge, Timothy Brown

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Arranged by John Rutter. For SSATB choir (unaccompanied), SSAB soloists and piano (for rehearsal only). Mixed Voices. Oxford Choral Classics Octavos. Baroque. Difficulty: medium. Vocal score. Choral notation, piano reduction and introductory text. 24 pages. Duration 12′. Published by Oxford University Press

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