Jul 03

Nigra sum [I am black] (Song of Solomon 1:4-5; 2:10b-12a) – Pablo Casals

The Black Madonna of Tindari, sporting the inc...

The Black Madonna of Tindari, sporting the incsription NIGRA SUM SED FORMOSA. Tindari Madonna Bruna: restoration work in the 1990s found a medieval statue with later additions. Nigra sum sed formosa , meaning “I am black but beautiful” (from the Song of Songs, 1:5), is inscribed round a newer base. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of Solomon 1:4-5; 2:10b-12a

Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;


Nigra sum (1943), composed by Pablo Casals (1876-1973)


Performed by The Georgia Boy Choir

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Jun 15

Haec dicit Dominus [Thus saith the Lord] (Jeremiah 31:15-17) – William Byrd

William Byrd - c.1540-1623.

William Byrd – c.1540-1623. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jeremiah 31:15-17 [Latin]

15 Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

16 Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border.


Haec dicit Dominus from Cantiones sacrae II (1591), nos. 13-14, composed by William Byrd (1540-1623)


Performed by Quire Cleveland, dir. Ross W. Duffin

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May 08

Os Justi [The mouth of the righteous] (Psalm 37:4-6,30) – Z. Randall Stroope

Psalm 37:4-6,30

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.


Os justi, composed by Z. Randall Stroope (b. 1953)

 

 

 

Apr 24

Laudate Nomen Domini [Praise the name of the Lord] (Psalm 113:1,3) – Christopher Tye

English: Canterbury Christ Church University O...

English: Canterbury Christ Church University One of Canterbury’s two Universities. The other being Kent University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 113:1,3 [Latin – loose paraphrase]

Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord‘s name is to be praised.


Laudate Nomen Domini (1553) by Christopher Tye (c. 1505-before 1573)


Performed by The Cantata Choir of Canterbury Christ Church University

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Composed by Christopher Tye (1505-1572). Choral. Octavo. Published by Stainer & Bell Ltd. (ST.CC365).

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