Jul 20

Herr, wie lange willst du mein so gar vergessen [How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? Forever?] (Psalm 13:1-6) – Johannes Brahms

 

Brahms in 1853

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Psalm 13:1-6 [German]

How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Herr, wie lange willst du mein so gar vergessen for female voices, Op. 27, composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). First performed, with Brahms conducting, in St Peter’s Church, Hamburg, on 19 September 1859; published 1864. Additional information here.

Performed by the University of Illinois’ Women’s Glee Club
Directed by Dr. Andrea Solya
Chris Holman, Organ

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Psalm 13 (Lord, how long wilt thou forget me and forsake me?). Composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Edited by Gunter Graulich. For Strings version: SSA Choir, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Contrabass. G-Moll (G minor). German title: Der 13.Psalm. Psalms, German; Psalms. Level 2. Part: cello/double bass. Language: German/English. Composed 1859. Op. 27. 4 pages. Duration 5 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4018214).

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Jul 06

Ab aeterno ordinata sum [I was set up from everlasting] (Proverbs 8:23-31) – Claudio Monteverdi

 

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), composer - (Im...

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), composer – (Image of full painting) – (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Proverbs 8:23-31 [Latin]

23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:

26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

Ab aeterno ordinata sum (published in Selva morale e spirituale, 1640), composed by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Mottetto a voce sola in basso di Claudio Monteverdi
Pienza – Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta – 20 luglio 2013
Basso – Roberto Locci
Violoncello – Riccardo Dalla Noce
Clavicembalo – Lorenzo Donati

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Jun 01

O God, the proud are risen against me (Psalm 86:14-15) – Thomas Tomkins

 

Worcester Cathedral

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Psalm 86:14-15

14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.

15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

O God, the proud are risen against me by Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)

Performed by the Tallis Scholars

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May 25

Membra Jesu nostri [The most holy limbs of our suffering Jesus] (Nahum 1:15a; Isaiah 66:12b; Zachariah 13:6a; Song of Solomon 2:13b,14a; 1 Peter 2:2-3; Song of Solomon 4:9a; Psalm 31:16) – Dietrich Buxtehude

 

Jesus on the cross on the Stone Bridge in Píse...

Jesus on the cross on the Stone Bridge in Písek, Czech Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nahum 1:15a; Isaiah 66:12b; Zachariah 13:6a; Song of Solomon 2:13b,14a; 1 Peter 2:2-3; Song of Solomon 4:9a; Psalm 31:16 [Latin]

15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

12 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

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.

14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.

16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.

Plus additional text by Arnulf of Louvain (c. 1200 –1250)

Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75, composed in 1680 by Dietrich Buxtehude (c. 1637-1707)

 

Performed by Bach Consort (Moscow)

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Membra Jesu nostri by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707). Edited by Thomas Schlage. For Choir SSATB, 2 Violins, Violin, 5 Viola da gamba (2 Violin, Violin, 2 Viola da gamba), Basso Continuo. This edition: Paperbound. Score available separately – see item CA.3601300. Oratorios; Lent and Passiontide. Vocal score. Language: Latin. BuxWV 75. 80 pages. Duration 63 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3601303). 

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