Apr 19

Ascendo ad Patrem [I ascend to my Father] (John 20:17; 15:26; 16:22; 14:16) – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Jesus represented as telling Mary not to touch him, by Hans Holbein the Younger.

John 20:17; 15:26; 16:22; 14:16 [Latin]

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Ascendo ad Patrem (published in Motettorum liber secundus, 5, 6, 8vv, Venice in 1572), composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)


Performed by The Cambridge Singers
Conducted by John Rutter

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Motets for 5-8 Voices: Book 2 for 5, 6 and 8 Voices: Ascendo ad Patrem

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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 08

The Lord is my strength and my song (Exodus 15:2) – George Frideric Handel

Portrait of Handel, by Balthasar Denner

Exodus 15:2a

The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

“The Lord is my strength and my song” from the oratorio Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 (1739), composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


Performed by Trinity Wall Street Choir

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Israel in Egypt: Part III, Moses’ Song, The Lord Is My Strength and My Song (Duet)[1739 & 1756 Versions]

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Israel in Egypt (SATB). Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). For Choral, Piano (SATB). Choral Large Works. 204 pages. G. Schirmer #ED479. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50324100). 

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Mar 01

The wilderness and the solitary place (Isaiah 35:1-2,4,6,8,10) – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

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The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.

Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

The wilderness and the solitary place (1832), composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)


Performed by Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban Choir

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The Wilderness

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