Apr 19

Ascendo ad Patrem [I ascend to my Father] (John 20:17; 15:26; 16:22; 14:16) – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Jesus represented as telling Mary not to touch him, by Hans Holbein the Younger.

John 20:17; 15:26; 16:22; 14:16 [Latin]

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Ascendo ad Patrem (published in Motettorum liber secundus, 5, 6, 8vv, Venice in 1572), composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)


Performed by The Cambridge Singers
Conducted by John Rutter

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Motets for 5-8 Voices: Book 2 for 5, 6 and 8 Voices: Ascendo ad Patrem

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Apr 12

Alleluia, tulerunt Dominum [They took away my Lord] (John 20:13-15) – G. P. da Palestrina

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

John 20:13-15 [Latin]

13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

Alleluia, tulerunt Dominum (published 1569, Liber primus motettorum, 5–7vv, Rome), composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)


Performed by Choir of the Cathedral of Fiesole
Director, Michele Manganelli

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Apr 05

Tenebrae factae sunt [There was darkness over all the land] (Matthew 27:45-47; John 19:30; Luke 23:46) – Michael Haydn

Matthew 27:45-47; John 19:30; Luke 23:46

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

Tenebrae factae sunt (1772) by Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806)


Performed by Mandák Kórus

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Tenebrae factae sunt (Darkness was over the earth) composed by Michael Haydn (1737-1806). Edited by Thomas. For SATB choir, Organ/Piano ad lib. Choral. Octavo. Text Language: English/Latin. Published by Edition Peters 

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Mar 29

Hosianna dem Sohne Davids [Hosanna to the son of David] (Matthew 21:9) – Bartholomeus Gesius

Entry of Christ into Jerusalem (1320) by Pietro Lorenzetti: entering the city on a donkey symbolizes arrival in peace rather than as a war-waging king arriving on a horse

Matthew 21:9b [German]

And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

Hosianna dem Sohne Davids, composed by Bartholomeus Gesius (1555/1562-1613)


Performed by King’s College Choir

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Ash Wednesday to Easter for Choirs edited by Lionel Dakers; John Scott. For Mixed Choir. This edition: paperback. Mixed Voices. …for Choirs Collections. Sacred, Choral Collection. Level B-C (easy – moderately difficult). Choral Collection. 240 pages. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193531116).

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