May 10

Jephte [Jephtha] (oratorio, including Plorate filii Israel [“Weep, children of Israel”]) (Judges 11:28-40) – Giacomo Carissimi

Hieronymus Francken III Jephthah meets his dau...

Hieronymus Francken III Jephthah meets his daughter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Judges 11:28-40 [Latin, adaptation]

28 Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah which he sent him.

29 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon.

30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,

31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord‘s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.

32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the Lord delivered them into his hands.

33 And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.

34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.

35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the Lord, and I cannot go back.

36 And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the Lord, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the Lord hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon.

37 And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.

38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.

39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,

40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

Jephte oratorio (before 1649), composed by Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674)


Göteborg Baroque, a Swedish ensemble, performs the final choir “Plorate” from Jephte by Carissimi


Complete oratorio performed by Il Giardino Armonico

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Jephte:Plorate Filii (Chorus) Version 2

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Plorate filii Israel (Lament, ye children of Israel) (Lament, ye children of Israel – from “Jephtha”). Composed by Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674). Arranged by Henry Clough-Leighter. For SSATTB choir, keyboard (organ or piano). General, Lament/Grief/Sorrow. Octavo. Scripture: Judges 11:38-40. 8 pages. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing

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May 03

Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt [Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands] (Psalm 100:1-5) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Deutsch: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Deutsch: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 100:1-5 [German]

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.

Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt (1844), composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)


Performed by European Chamber Choir Cologne
Conducted by Michael Reif

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Psalm 100, “Jauchzet dem Herrn, all Welt”

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100. Psalm Jauchzet dem Herrn (choral score). Composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). For mixed choir. Chor-Bibliothek (Choral Library). Choral score. 4 pages. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel

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Apr 26

Haec Dies [This is the day] (Psalm 118:24) – Herbert Howells

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Psalm 118:24 [Latin]

24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Haec dies setting composed by Herbert Howells (1892-1983), and first heard on Easter Day in 1918


Performed by Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir

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Haec Dies

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Haec dies composed by Herbert Howells (1892-1983). Edited by Patrick Russill. For SSATB choir, a cappella. Mixed Voices. Church Music Society publications. Sacred, Choral Leaflet. Level C (moderately difficult). Vocal score. Duration 4′. Published by Oxford University Press

 

Apr 19

Ascendo ad Patrem [I ascend to my Father] (John 20:17; 15:26; 16:22; 14:16) – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Jesus represented as telling Mary not to touch him, by Hans Holbein the Younger.

John 20:17; 15:26; 16:22; 14:16 [Latin]

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Ascendo ad Patrem (published in Motettorum liber secundus, 5, 6, 8vv, Venice in 1572), composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)


Performed by The Cambridge Singers
Conducted by John Rutter

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Motets for 5-8 Voices: Book 2 for 5, 6 and 8 Voices: Ascendo ad Patrem

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