Jan 18

Christus factus est pro nobis (Philippians 2:8-9) – Felice Anerio

Felice Anerio

Philippians 2:8-9 [Latin]

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name

Christus factus est pro nobis by Felice Anerio (1560-1614)


Performed by Ave Musica Choir (Ukraine)

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Felice Anerio: Christus factus est

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European Sacred Music composed by John Rutter (1945-). Edited by John Rutter. For Mixed Choir. Mixed Voices. Oxford Choral Classics Collections. Sacred, Choral Collection. Choral collection. 384 pages. Published by Oxford University Press

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Jan 11

Psaume 150 (Psalm 150:1-6) – Cesar Franck

César Franck, photographed by Pierre Petit

Psalm 150:1-6 [French]

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Psaume 150, composed in 1883 by César Franck (1822-1890)


Performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Franck: Psalm 150

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Psalm 150 composed by Cesar Auguste Franck (1822-1890). Edited by William Felton. SATB chorus. For SATB, Organ. Choir Loft Choral Series. Choral. Piano reduction/vocal score. Standard notation. 15 pages. Published by Theodore Presser Company  

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Jan 04

O taste and see (Psalm 34:8) – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams in 1919, by William Rothenstein

Psalm 34:8

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

O taste and see, composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953


Performed by The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford

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Sacred and Secular Songs: O Taste and See / Stephen Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir

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English Church Music, Volume 1: Anthems and Motets composed by Robert King. Arranged by John Rutter. For SATB choir with keyboard/unaccompanied/basso continuo. Mixed Voices. Oxford Choral Classics Collections. Sacred, Choral Collection. Vocal score. 384 pages. Published by Oxford University Press

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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