May 21

Richte mich, Gott [Vindicate me, O God] (Psalm 43:1-5) – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

English: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, portrait...

English: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, portrait by Edward Magnus 1846 Deutsch: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Portrait von Edward Magnus 1846 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 43:1-5 [German]

Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.


Richte mich, Gott, Op. 78, No. 2, composed in 1844 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)


Performed by Ensemble Vocalitas Nova

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Jan 01

Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe [Lord, if only I have you] (Psalm 73:25-26) – Dietrich Buxtehude

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Psalm 73:25-26 [German]

25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.


Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe, BuxWV38, composed by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)


Performed by Ensemble Concerto Scirocco

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Nov 20

Fürchte dich nicht [Do not be afraid] (Isaiah 41:10; 43:1) – Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait ...

Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, Copy or second Version of his 1746 Canvas, private ownership of William H. Scheide, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 41:10; 43:1 [German]

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.


Fürchte dich nicht, BWV 228 (1726), composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Konrad Ameln. This edition: Urtext edition. Paperback. Sacred, Motetten, Barock (Motets, Baroque). Choral score, anthology. BWV 225-230. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA5193).

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Sep 18

Ach, Herr, strafe mich nicht [Oh, Lord, do not punish me] (Psalm 6:1-10) – Georg Philipp Telemann

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), hand-colored aquatint by Valentin Daniel Preisler, after a lost painting by Louis Michael Schneider, 1750.

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), hand-colored aquatint by Valentin Daniel Preisler, after a lost painting by Louis Michael Schneider, 1750.

Psalm 6:1-10

O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long?

Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.

For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.

The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.

10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.


Ach, Herr, strafe mich nicht, composed by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)


Performed by Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble

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Composed by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). This edition: urtext, paperback. Baroque. 44 pages. Published by Deutscher Verlag fur Musik (BR.DV-9501).

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