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

Samuel_Sebastian_Wesley9Isaiah 35:1-2,4,6,8,10

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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Feb 22

Vere languores [Surely He hath borne our griefs] (Isaiah 53:4a,5b) – Antonio Lotti

Antonio Lotti

Isaiah 53:4-5

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Vere languores by Antonio Lotti (c. 1667-1740)


Performed by Contrapunctus at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland, Ohio, 06-June-2014
David Acres, Director

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Lotti: Vere Languores Nostros

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Vere languores nostros (Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs). Composed by Antonio Lotti (1667-1740). Arranged by G. W. Woodworth. For SSA choir. Holy Week/Three Days, Lent. Octavo. Scripture: Isaiah 53:4. 4 pages. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.1509)

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Feb 15

Ye people, rend your hearts; If with all your heart (Joel 2:12-13; Deuteronomy 4:29, Jeremiah 29:13, Job 23:3) – Felix Mendelssohn

Elijah reviving the Son of the Widow of Zarephath by Louis Hersent

Joel 2:12-13; Deuteronomy 4:29, Jeremiah 29:13, Job 23:3

12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

Ye people, rend your hearts; If with all your heart – recitative and air from Elijah, Op. 70, composed by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) and English version first performed in April 1847


Performed by Westchester Oratorio Society
Benjamin Nieczyk, Conductor

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Mendelssohn: Elijah: Air (Obadiah) – “If with all your hearts”

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Elijah – Vocal Score, Complete (SATB). Composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). For Choral, Piano (SATB). Choral Large Works. Oratorio. Classical Period. Difficulty: medium. Vocal score. Choral notation and piano reduction. 198 pages. G. Schirmer #ED43. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50323790).

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