Feb 08

A song of peace (Isaiah 11:1-6,9-10) – Charles Villiers Stanford

Stanford in 1921

Isaiah 11:1-6,9-10

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of theLord, as the waters cover the sea.

10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

A song of peace, from Bible Songs and Six Hymns, Op 113 (1910), composed by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)


Performed by The Girls and Men of Norwich Cathedral Choir (Girls only)

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Stanford: A Song of Peace (Girls Only)

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A song of peace composed by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924). For unison voices, organ. Royal School of Church Music. Sacred. Easy. Text language: English. 12 pages. Published by GIA Publications  

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Feb 01

Like as the hart (Psalm 42:1-3) – Herbert Howells

White fallow deer near Argonne National Laboratories

Psalm 42:1-3

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

My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

Like as the hart (1941), composed by Herbert Howells (1892-1983)


Performed by The Milton Abbey Festival Chamber Choir. Directed by David McKee with Luke Bond playing the organ.

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Like as the Hart / St. John’s College Choir, Cambridge / From the Album St. John’s Magnificat – Choral Works by Herbert Howell

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Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks composed by Herbert Howells (1892-1983). For SATB choir & organ. Mixed Voices. Sacred, Choral Leaflet. Vocal score. 8 pages. Duration 5′. Published by Oxford University Press

Jan 25

Ascribe unto the Lord (Psalm 96:7–8a,9b–10a,10c,9a,2,3b,5a; Psalm 115:4–8,3,12,13,15a,14b,15b) – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Psalm 96:7–8a,9b–10a,10c,9a,2,3b,5a; Psalm 115:4–8,3,12,13,15a,14b,15b

Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.

10 Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.

But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

12 The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.

13 He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great.

14 The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

15 Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth.

Ascribe unto the Lord (published in 1853) composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)


Performed by Seabury Academy, Choristers, Norwalk, CT, St. Paul’s on the Green, Episcopal Church, Norwalk, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Ascribe unto the Lord composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876). For Choral (SATB). Music Sales America. Romantic, Choral. 20 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV291973. Published by Novello & Co Ltd.

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Jan 18

Christus factus est pro nobis (Philippians 2:8-9) – Felice Anerio

Felice Anerio

Philippians 2:8-9 [Latin]

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name

Christus factus est pro nobis by Felice Anerio (1560-1614)


Performed by Ave Musica Choir (Ukraine)

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Felice Anerio: Christus factus est

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European Sacred Music composed 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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