Apr 16

Quam pulchra es [How beautiful you are] (Song of Solomon 7:6,7,5,4,11,12) – John Dunstaple

 

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Capital from the Song of Solomon in Winchester Cathedral. (Image via Wikipedia)

Song of Solomon 7:6, 7, 5a, 4a, 11a, 12 [Latin]

How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!

This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.

Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.

Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.

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.

Quam pulchra es (c. 1410-1453) by John Dunstaple (or Dunstable) (1390-1453)


Performed by Trio Triumvirum at the Church of Notre Dame, New York City

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Apr 15

Tu es Petrus [You are Peter] (Matthew 16:18-19) – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

 

Deutsch: Matthäus XVI. 19. Jesus sprach zu Sim...

Deutsch: Matthäus XVI. 19. Jesus sprach zu Simon: Du bist Petrus, und auf diesen Felsen will ich bauen meine Gemeinde und will dir des Himmelreichs Schlüssel geben. English: Gospel of Matthew 16.19 (Image via Wikipedia)

Matthew 16:18-19a [Latin]

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Tu es Petrus (1572) by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525/1526-1594)


Performed by Vox Coelestis in St Albans Abbey

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Edited by J. Steele. For SSATBB Choir (SSATBB). Music Sales America. Choral, Sacred, Renaissance. 8 pages. Published by Chester Music

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Mosaico con la scritta "Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram", Basilica di San Pietro (Roma) (Image via Wikipedia)

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Apr 14

Versa est in luctum [Latin: Was turned into mourning] (Job 30:31, 7:16) – Tomás Luis de Victoria

 

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Contemporary printing of the sheet music for Tomás Luis de Victoria's Officium Defunctorum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Job 30:31, 7:16b [Latin][Latin]

31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

Versa est in luctum (1605, from Requiem Mass, Officium defunctorum) by Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)


Performed by Rosario Musica Verbali

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Officium Defunctorum [Requiem] by Tomas Luis de Victoria. For SSATTB choir. Published by Mapa Mundi.

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Apr 12

Zadok the priest (1 Kings 1:38-39) – George F. Handel

 

13. King Solomon

13. King Solomon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1 Kings 1:38-39 (partial verses used in the music)

38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon.

39 And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon.

 Zadok the priest from Coronation Anthems (1727) by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


Performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

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Coronation Anthem No. 1: Zadok the Priest (SSAATTBB Chorus and Piano). Arranged by W Herrmann. Published by G. Schirmer

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