Dec 10

Ecce Virgo concipiet [The virgin will conceive] (Isaiah 7:14) – William Byrd


The Annunciation by Eustache Le Sueur, an example of 17th-century Marian art. The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary her pregnancy with Jesus

The Annunciation by Eustache Le Sueur. The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary her pregnancy with Jesus. Image via Wikipedia

Isaiah 7:14 [Latin]

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Ecce Virgo concipiet, from Gradualia, ac cantiones sacræ… Liber primus (2nd edition, 1610), vol.1 no.15. composed by William Byrd (c.1540-1623)


Performed by Chorus Salvatoris


Choral Public Domain Library

Dec 03

Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) – C.P.E. Bach


The Visitation in the Book of Hours of the Duc...

The Visitation in the Book of Hours of the Duc de Berry; the Magnificat in Latin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 1:46-55 [Latin]

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

English: Portrait von C.P.E.Bach

English: Portrait von C.P.E.Bach (credit: Wikipedia)

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

MagnificatWq 215, H.772 (1749), by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)

Performed by Monteverdichor Würzburg


Choral Public Domain Library (choral parts only)

IMSLP: Petrucci Music Library

Nov 12

Lehre uns bedenken [Teach us to remember] (Psalm 90:12-14) – Johann Hermann Schein


Johann Hermann Schein im Jahre 1620

Johann Hermann Schein im Jahre 1620

Psalm 90:12-14

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

13 Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Lehre uns bedenken (1623) composed by Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630)

Performed by Sidonia Ensemble


Choral Public Domain Library


Nov 05

Alpha and Omega (Revelation 21:1-6a) – James MacMillan

Alpha Omega

Alpha & Omega

Revelation 21:1-6a – set to text from the English Standard Version (ESV)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.

Alpha and Omega, commissioned by the Soli Deo Gloria Music Foundation and premiered in 2011. Music by Scottish composer James MacMillan (b. 1959)

Performed by Wheaton College Women’s Chorale & Men’s Glee Club
Mary Hopper, director