Jun 11

In convertendo Dominus [When the Lord turned (the captivity of Zion)] (Psalm 126:1-6) – Jean-Philippe Rameau

 

Jean-Philippe Rameau, by Jacques Aved, 1728

Jean-Philippe Rameau, by Jacques Aved, 1728

Psalm 126:1-6 [Latin]

When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.

The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.


In convertendo Dominus, RCT 14, composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)


Performed by The Centuries Choir and Orchestra, direction, Bruno Procopio

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Jan 21

Es gingen zweene Menschen hinauf [There were two people going up] (Luke 18:10-14) – Heinrich Schütz

English: The Pharisee and the Publican (Le pha...

English: The Pharisee and the Publican (Le pharisien et le publicain) by James Tissot, 1886-94, Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Brooklyn Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 18:10-14 [German]

10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.


Es gingen zweene Menschen hinauf, SWF 444, (c. 1630?), composed by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)


Performed by the choir of Salisbury Cathedral, directed by Richard Seal, with David Halls (organ)

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Dec 03

Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) – C.P.E. Bach

 

The Visitation in the Book of Hours of the Duc...

The Visitation in the Book of Hours of the Duc de Berry; the Magnificat in Latin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 1:46-55 [Latin]

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

English: Portrait von C.P.E.Bach

English: Portrait von C.P.E.Bach (credit: Wikipedia)

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.


MagnificatWq 215, H.772 (1749), by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)


Performed by Monteverdichor Würzburg

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Feb 26

O clap your hands (Psalm 47:1-2,5-8) – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams circa 1920

Vaughan Williams c. 1920

Psalm 47:1-2,5-8

O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.


O clap your hands (1920), composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)


Performed by St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir

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SATB, Organ. For Mixed Voices with Brass, Percussion & Organ, or Trumpet & Organ, or Ful. Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). With Standard notation. 10 pages. Duration 2 minutes, 45 seconds. Thorpe Music #392-03044. Published by Thorpe Music (PR.392030440).

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