Dec 04

Gaudete in Domino [Rejoice in the Lord] (Philippians 4:4) – Giaches de Wert

English: Incipit of the Gregorian chant introi...

English: Incipit of the Gregorian chant introit for Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Philippians 4:4 [Latin]

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.


Gaudete in Domino (from Il secondo libro de motetti, 1581) composed by Giaches de Wert 1535 1596


Performed by Quire Cleveland

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Nov 20

Fürchte dich nicht [Do not be afraid] (Isaiah 41:10; 43:1) – Johann Sebastian Bach

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Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, Copy or second Version of his 1746 Canvas, private ownership of William H. Scheide, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 41:10; 43:1 [German]

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.


Fürchte dich nicht, BWV 228 (1726), composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


Performed by Musica Amphion & Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam

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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Konrad Ameln. This edition: Urtext edition. Paperback. Sacred, Motetten, Barock (Motets, Baroque). Choral score, anthology. BWV 225-230. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA5193).

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Nov 13

God spake sometime in visions (Psalm 89:20-30) – John Blow

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Psalm 89:20-30

20 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:

21 With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.

22 The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him.

23 And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.

24 But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.

25 I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.

26 He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.

27 Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.

28 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.

29 His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.

30 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments;


God spake sometime in visions, composed in 1685 by John Blow (1649-1708)


Performed by Bach Collegium San Diego
Ruben Valenzuela, Music Director

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Composed by John Blow (1649-1708). Vocal Score. Published by Stainer & Bell Ltd. (ST.D3).

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Nov 06

For lo, I raise up (Habakkuk 1:6-12; 2:1-3,14,20) – Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

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Men of the Day No.949: Caricature of Charles Villiers Standford (1852–1924), Irish composer. Caption read “He found Harmony”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Habakkuk 1: 6-12; 2: 1-3, 14, 20, adapted

For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not their’s.

They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.

Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.

They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.

10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it.

11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.

12 Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O Lord, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction.

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

20 But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.


For lo, I raise up, Op 145, composed in 1914 by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)


Performed by Choir of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland

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SATB choir and organ.  Composed by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924). Choral. Octavo. Published by Stainer & Bell Ltd. (ST.W197).

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