Mar 29

Hear my prayer, O Lord (Psalm 102:1) – Henry Purcell

 

Portrait of Henry Purcell

Portrait of Henry Purcell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 102:1

Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.

Hear my prayer, O Lord, for chorus, violins and continuo, Z.15 (1680-1682) by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)


Performed by Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

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Edited by Arthur Hilton. For Ssaattbb Chorus, Keyboard. Mercury Concert Edition of Sacred Choral Masterworks. Published by Theodore Presser Company

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Mar 28

Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras [For all flesh is as grass] (1 Peter 1:24; James 5:7; 1 Peter 1:25; Isaiah 35:10) – Johannes Brahms

 

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), German composer, 1889

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), German composer, 1889 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1 Peter 1:24; James 5:7; 1 Peter 1:25; Isaiah 35:10 [Luther Bibel]

24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Denn alles fleisch es ist wie gras (1865-1868) from Ein deutsches Requiem, nach Worten der heiligen Schrift [A German Requiem, To Words of the Holy Scriptures] Op. 45, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)


Performed by KammerChor Hofheim, Monteverdichor Budapest

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For soprano voice solo, baritone voice solo, SATB choir and piano accompaniment. Op. 45 (Text Language: German). 96 pages. Duration circa 70 minutes. Published by Edition Peters

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Mar 28

Wo ist ein so herrlich volk [Where is such a nation] (Deuteronomy 4:7, 9) – Johannes Brahms

 

"Make them known unto thy children and th...

"Make them known unto thy children and thy children's children." Deuteronomy 4:9. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Deuteronomy 4:7, 9

7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them to thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

 —

Wo is ein so herrlich volk from Fest- und Gedenksprüche for double chorus, Op.109 (1890) by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)


Performed by Dresdner Kreuzchor

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Fest-und Gedenkspruche, Op. 109. SSAATTBB, a cappella. German Language Edition. Kalmus Edition. 20 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing

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Mar 26

In the beginning (Genesis 1:1-31, 2:1-7) – Aaron Copland

 

God as Architect/Geometer, from the frontispie...

God as Architect/Geometer, from the frontispiece of French Codex Vindobonensis 2554, ca. 1250. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Genesis 1:1-31, 2:1-7

GENESIS 1

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

GENESIS 2

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

In the beginning (1947) by Aaron Copland (1900-1990)


Performed by Musikanten

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Choir of New College, Oxford


Copland And His American Contemporaries / AVIE Records

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SATB A Cappella. 56 pages. Published by Boosey & Hawkes

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