Aug 07

Vox in Rama [A voice was heard in Ramah] (Matthew 2:18, Jeremiah 31:15) – Giaches de Wert

Rachel is weeping for her children, 14th century fresco from Marko's Monastery.

Rachel is weeping for her children, 14th century fresco from Marko’s Monastery.

Matthew 2:18, citing Jeremiah 31:15

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

15 Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.


Vox in Rama, from Il Secondo Libro de Motetti a Cinque Voci, 1581, composed by Giaches de Wert (1535-1596)


Performed by Currende

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Jun 26

I give you a new commandment (John 13:34-35) – John Sheppard

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John 13:34-35

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.


I give you a new commandment, composed by John Sheppard (1515-1558)


The University of New Hampshire Chamber Singers, conducted by William Kempster

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Jun 19

My beloved spake (Song of Solomon 2:10-13,16) – Henry Purcell

Capital from the Song of Solomon in Winchester...

Capital from the Song of Solomon in Winchester Cathedral. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of Solomon 2:10-13,16

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.

16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.


My beloved spake, Z.28, composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)


Performed by The English Concert · Trevor Pinnock · Simon Preston · Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

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Composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Edited by Edward J. Dent. Music Sales America. Baroque, Choral. 24 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV290447. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14022476).

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Jun 15

Haec dicit Dominus [Thus saith the Lord] (Jeremiah 31:15-17) – William Byrd

William Byrd - c.1540-1623.

William Byrd – c.1540-1623. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jeremiah 31:15-17 [Latin]

15 Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

16 Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border.


Haec dicit Dominus from Cantiones sacrae II (1591), nos. 13-14, composed by William Byrd (1540-1623)


Performed by Quire Cleveland, dir. Ross W. Duffin

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