Apr 05

Tenebrae factae sunt [There was darkness over all the land] (Matthew 27:45-47; John 19:30; Luke 23:46) – Michael Haydn

Matthew 27:45-47; John 19:30; Luke 23:46

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

Tenebrae factae sunt (1772) by Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806)


Performed by Mandák Kórus

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Tenebrae factae sunt (Darkness was over the earth) composed by Michael Haydn (1737-1806). Edited by Thomas. For SATB choir, Organ/Piano ad lib. Choral. Octavo. Text Language: English/Latin. Published by Edition Peters 

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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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Mar 22

Hosanna Filio David [Hosanna to the son of David] (Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9-10, Luke 19:38, John 12:13) – Franz Schubert

Franz_Schubert_by_Wilhelm_August_Rieder_1875Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9-10, Luke 19:38, John 12:13

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.

And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna Filio David from 6 Antiphonen zum Palmsonntag, D.696 (1820) by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)


Performed by Archdiocesan Boy Choir of Philadelphia

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Schubert: Sechs Antiphonen zum Palmsonntag composed by Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Edited by Werner Bodendorff. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. German title: Sechs Antiphonen zum Palmsonntag. Full score. 4 pages. Published by Carus Verlag

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Dec 28

Cum natus esset Jesus [When Jesus was born] (Matthew 2:1-12) – Orlando di Lasso

The three Magi (Balthasar, Caspar, Melchior)

Matthew 2:1-12 [Latin]

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

Cum natus esset Jesus (published in 1566 as part of Sacrae cantiones (vulgo motecta appellatae) sex et octo vocum, tum viva voce, tum omnis generis Instrumentis cantatu commodissimae. Liber Quartus.), composed by Roland de Lassus (also Orlande de Lassus, Orlando di Lasso, Orlandus Lassus, or Roland de Lattre; (c.1530-1594)


Performed by the Hilliard Ensemble, conductor Paul Hillier

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Sacrae cantiones, Book 4: Cum natus esset Jesus / Bremen Weser-Renaissance / From the Album Lasso: Christmas Motets /CPO

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