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)


Performed by Musica Amphion & Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam

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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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Oct 02

Duo Seraphim (Isaiah 6:2-3; 1 John 5:7) – Rihards Dubra

English: God surrounded by seraphim. From the ...

English: God surrounded by seraphim. From the Petites Heures de Jean de Berry, a 14th-century illuminated manuscript. Courtesy of the Bibliothèque nationale de France: http://www.bnf.fr/enluminures/manuscrits/man9/i6_0094.htm Category:Illuminated manuscript images (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 6:2-3; 1 John 5:7 [Latin]

Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.


Duo Seraphim (2005), composed by Rihards Dubra (b. 1964)


Performed by Bayerischer Landesjugendchor

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SSAAAATBB choir. Composed by Rihards Dubra. Sheet Music. Composed 2005. Duration 4 minutes. Published by Musica Baltica (PE.MB0408).

 

Jul 31

Cry aloud and spare not (Isaiah 55:1; 58:1-3) – John Blow

John Blow

John Blow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 55:1; 58:1-3

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.


Cry aloud and spare not,1683 verse anthem composed by John Blow (1649-1708)


Performed by The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge · Academy of St. Martin in the Fields · Sir David Willcocks

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Nov 08

Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain (Isaiah 40) – Carolyn Jennings

Detail of third window of the south wall with ...

Detail of third window of the south wall with stained glass depicting Isaiah 40:11 He gathers the lambs in his arms. Created by Watson & Co, Youghal, in 1906. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adapted from Isaiah 40:9-

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Climb to the top of the highest mountain, joyous tidings proclaim to the world,
Lift up your voice, shout the good news: behold, your Lord comes to you.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will carry the lambs in his arms,
He will ever keep them safe from harm. Behold, your Lord comes to you.
He who made the stars in the heaven, He who fashioned the earth and the sea,
From time eternal he was God, the Alpha and Omega, he. Behold, your Lord!
He will come in power and glory, he will rule with mercy and truth,
Hope of the nations, light of all the world.
He will love the little children, he will hold them in his arms.
Love him and trust him as a little child. Behold, your Lord comes to you.

adapted from Isaiah 40

Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain (1981), composed by Carolyn Jennings (b. 1936)


Performed by Luther College Massed Choirs and Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Jennaya Robison, conductor

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SATB choir – Grade 2. Composed by Carolyn Jennings. Sacred, Christmas, Choral. Choral octavo. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.C8118).