Mar 15

Canticum Canticorum I [Song of Songs] (Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 6:10,12; 7:10-12) – Ivan Moody

Song of Songs 2:10-13; 6:10,12; 7:10-12

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;

13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

10 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?

12 Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.

10 I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.

11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages.

12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves.

Canticum Canticorum I, composed by Ivan Moody (b. 1964) for the Hilliard Ensemble and premiered in 1987

Movements I, II, III: “Surge propera amica mea,” “Descendi in hortum meum,” and “Ego dilecti meo.”


Performed by Quire Cleveland

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Mar 08

The Lord is my strength and my song (Exodus 15:2) – George Frideric Handel

Portrait of Handel, by Balthasar Denner

Exodus 15:2a

The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

“The Lord is my strength and my song” from the oratorio Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 (1739), composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


Performed by Trinity Wall Street Choir

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Israel in Egypt: Part III, Moses’ Song, The Lord Is My Strength and My Song (Duet)[1739 & 1756 Versions]

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Israel in Egypt (SATB). Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). For Choral, Piano (SATB). Choral Large Works. 204 pages. G. Schirmer #ED479. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50324100). 

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Mar 01

The wilderness and the solitary place (Isaiah 35:1-2,4,6,8,10) – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Samuel_Sebastian_Wesley9Isaiah 35:1-2,4,6,8,10

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.

Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

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.

The wilderness and the solitary place (1832), composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)


Performed by Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban Choir

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The Wilderness

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Feb 22

Vere languores [Surely He hath borne our griefs] (Isaiah 53:4a,5b) – Antonio Lotti

Antonio Lotti

Isaiah 53:4-5

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Vere languores by Antonio Lotti (c. 1667-1740)


Performed by Contrapunctus at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland, Ohio, 06-June-2014
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Lotti: Vere Languores Nostros

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Vere languores nostros (Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs). Composed by Antonio Lotti (1667-1740). Arranged by G. W. Woodworth. For SSA choir. Holy Week/Three Days, Lent. Octavo. Scripture: Isaiah 53:4. 4 pages. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.1509)

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