Feb 23

Zwei Motetten [Two Motets] (Job 3:20-23; Lamentations 3:41; James 5:11) – Johannes Brahms

English: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), german c...

English: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), german composer Deutsch: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), deutscher Komponist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the first motet, “Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen,” which includes Job 3:20-23; Lamentations 3:41; James 5:11 [German]

20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;

21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Zwei Motetten, Op. 74 (1877 for the first motet, which uses Biblical texts), by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)


Performed by Sofia Vokalensemble

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MP3: Zwei Motetten für gemischten Chor, op. 74: I. Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen? / Johannes Brahms / Bella Musica Edition

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Warum ist das Licht gegeben (aus: Zwei Motetten). By Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Edited by Gunter Graulich. For SSATBB Choir. D-Moll (D minor). German title: Warum ist das Licht gegeben. Sacred, Chamber Choir – Recommended by Frieder Bernius; Occasions: Mourning, Death. Level 3. Full score. Language: German. Op. 74, No. 1. 8 pages. Duration 7 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4012010).

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Feb 17

Parce mihi, Domine [Spare me, Lord] (Job 7:16-21) – Cristóbal de Morales

 

Cristóbal de Morales

Cristóbal de Morales

Job 7:16-21 [Latin]

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

17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?

19 How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?

21 And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.

Parce mihi, Domine from Officium Defunctorum (c.1548-1553) by Cristóbal de Morales (c.1500-1553)


Performance by the Monteverdi Choir under John Eliot Gardiner

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Jun 09

I know that my redeemer liveth, from Messiah (Job 19:25-26; 1 Corinthians 15:20) – George F. Handel

George Frideric Handel's autograph manuscript ...

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Job 19:25-26; 1 Corinthians 15:20

25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

I know that my redeemer liveth (air), from Messiah (1741) by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


[I know that my redeemer liveth starts at approximately 1:44:09]
Performed by the Academy of Ancient Music and the Choir of Westminster Abbey, with conductor Christopher Hogwood
Soloist Judith Nelson

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Messiah, Edited by Watkins Shaw, Novello Handel Edition. 257 pages

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Apr 22

Burial Service (John 11:25-26, Job 19:25-27, 1 Timothy 6:7, Job 1:21, Job 14:1-2, Revelation 14:13) – William Croft

John 11:25-26; Job 19:25-27a; 1 Timothy 6:7; Job 1:21b; Job 14:1-2; Revelation 14:13 - plus additional text from Book of Common Prayer: The Order for the Burial of the Dead

25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Raising of Lazarus by Jesus

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25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

27Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Burial Service (year unknown) by William Croft (1678-1727)


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Performed by Saint Peter’s Catholic Church: Columbia, South Carolina USA
Gallery Choir: Mark Husey, Choirmaster [First 7 of the 10 verses sung]

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Burial Sentences. Arranged by Bruce Wood. For SATB choir, a cappella. Duration 6′. Published by Oxford University Press

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