Dec 14

Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) – Orlando Gibbons

Orlando Gibbons

Luke 1:46-55

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.

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.

Magnificat, from Orlando Gibbons’ (1583-1625) Short Service


Performed by St. Andrew’s Schola Cantorum, conducted by Peter Luley

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Magnificat (Short Service)

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Short Service composed by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625). Arranged by Edmund H. Fellowes. For SATB choir, a cappella. Mixed Voices. Tudor Church Music. Sacred, Choral Service. Vocal score. 32 pages. Duration 14′. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193520851).

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Nov 23

Who Can Express? (Psalm 106:2; Psalm 86:5, 9-10) – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Psalm 106:2; Psalm 86:5, 9-10

Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise?

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

Who can express / O give thanks, composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)


Performed by Paul Phoenix, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, directed by Barry Rose

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Who Can Express? composed by Samuel Wesley (1766-1837). Edited by Simon Lindley. For unison voices, organ. Royal School of Church Music. Sacred. Easy. Text language: English. 4 pages. Published by GIA Publications (GI.G-RA264).

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Nov 09

Turn unto the Lord (Joel 2:13, Psalm 100:5) – Thomas Tomkins

Worcester Cathedral, where Tomkins was organist

Joel 2:13, Psalm 100:5

13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Turn unto the Lord (published 1622), composed by Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)


Performed by the Bach Consort

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Turn unto the lord

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Nov 02

Audivi vocem [I heard a voice] (Jeremiah 40:10, Matthew 25:6) – Thomas Tallis

350px-thomas_tallisMusic text:

I heard a voice coming from heaven: Come, all ye most wise virgins, store up oil in your vessels, until the bridegroom cometh. A cry goes up at midnight: Behold, the bridegroom cometh.

Source of text:
Jeremiah 40:10, Matthew 25:6

10 As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah, to serve the Chaldeans, which will come unto us: but ye, gather ye wine, and summer fruits, and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that ye have taken.

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Audivi vocem, motet composed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)


Performed by New York Polyphony

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Audivi Vocem / From the Album Tudor City / New York Polyphony / Avie Records

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A Tallis Anthology composed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585). Edited by John Milsom. Arranged by Milsom. For Mixed Choir. Mixed Voices. Sacred. Choral Collection. 128 pages. Published by Oxford University Press

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