May 31

Machet die Tore weit [Lift up your heads, O ye gates] (Psalm 24:7-9) – Andreas Hammerschmidt

Andreas Hammerschmidt

Andreas Hammerschmidt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 24:7-9 [German]

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Machet die Tore weit, composed by Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611-1675)

Performed by UniversitätsChor München

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Machet Die Tore Weit composed by Andreas Hammerschmidt. Arranged by Jim Leininger. For SSATBB choir, a cappella. Octavo. Published by Alliance Music Publications

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May 24

Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim? [How shall I give thee up, Ephraim?] (Hosea 11:8) – J.S. Bach

Hosea the prophet, Russian icon from first qua...

Hosea the prophet, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th cen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hosea 11:8 [German]

How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.

Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim? Cantata BWV 89 (first performed on 24 October 1723), composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


(0:00-4:29 — 1st movement, for this Biblical quotation)
Performed by
Knabenchor Hannover – Heinz Hennig
Collegium Vocale Gent – Philippe Herreweghe
Leonhardt-Consort – Gustav Leonhardt

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Cantata No.89 Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim? BWV89 : I Aria – “Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim?” [Bass]

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O how can I surrender Ephraim (Cantata for the 22nd Sunday after Trinity). Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Reinhold Kubik. Arranged by Paul Horn. For SAB vocal soli, SATB choir, horn, 2 oboes, [horn], 2 violins, viola, basso continuo. This edition: Paperbound. German title: Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim. Cantatas. Level 3. Vocal score. Language: German/English. Composed 1723. BWV 89. 24 pages. Duration 14 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag

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May 03

Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt [Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands] (Psalm 100:1-5) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Deutsch: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Deutsch: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 100:1-5 [German]

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

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

Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt (1844), composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)


Performed by European Chamber Choir Cologne
Conducted by Michael Reif

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Psalm 100, “Jauchzet dem Herrn, all Welt”

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100. Psalm Jauchzet dem Herrn (choral score). Composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). For mixed choir. Chor-Bibliothek (Choral Library). Choral score. 4 pages. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel

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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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