Jul 31

Cry aloud and spare not (Isaiah 55:1; 58:1-3) – John Blow

John Blow

John Blow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 55:1; 58:1-3

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

Cry aloud and spare not,1683 verse anthem composed by John Blow (1649-1708)

Performed by The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge · Academy of St. Martin in the Fields · Sir David Willcocks


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Jul 24

Halt was du hast [Hold what thou hast] (Revelation 3:11,15) – Georg Philipp Telemann

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), coloured a...

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), coloured aquatint by Valentin Daniel Preisler after a lost painting by Louis Michael Schneider (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revelation 3:11,15 [German]

11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Halt, was du hast, TWV 8:9, composed by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Performed by Magdeburg Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir Magdeburg


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SATB/SATB choir, [basso continuo] – Level 3. Motet. Composed by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). Edited by Paul Horn. Arranged by Paul Horn. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. German title: Halt, was du hast. Sacred, Motets; Stuttgart Urtext editions; Occasions: Mourning, Death; Use during church year: End of the church year. Full score. With Language: German/English. TVWV 8:9. Duration 7 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3911200).


Petrucci Music Library

Jul 03

Nigra sum [I am black] (Song of Solomon 1:4-5; 2:10b-12a) – Pablo Casals

The Black Madonna of Tindari, sporting the inc...

The Black Madonna of Tindari, sporting the incsription NIGRA SUM SED FORMOSA. Tindari Madonna Bruna: restoration work in the 1990s found a medieval statue with later additions. Nigra sum sed formosa , meaning “I am black but beautiful” (from the Song of Songs, 1:5), is inscribed round a newer base. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of Solomon 1:4-5; 2:10b-12a

Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

Nigra sum (1943), composed by Pablo Casals (1876-1973)

Performed by The Georgia Boy Choir


MP3: Nigra sum


Published by Mark Custom Music (MK.50491-MCD).


Jun 26

I give you a new commandment (John 13:34-35) – John Sheppard

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John 13:34-35

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

I give you a new commandment, composed by John Sheppard (1515-1558)

The University of New Hampshire Chamber Singers, conducted by William Kempster


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Choral Public Domain Library