Dec 21

Weihnachtshistorie [Christmas Story] (Luke 2:1-21; Matthew 2:1-23; Luke 2:40) – Heinrich Schütz

Heinrich Schütz, c. 1650–60 (Leipzig), by Christoph Spetner

Luke 2:1-21; Matthew 2:1-23; Luke 2:40 [German]

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

Adoration of the shepherds, by Carlo Crivelli (1490, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg)

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

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.

James Tissot – The Magi Journeying (Les rois mages en voyage) – Brooklyn Museum

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.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Weihnachtshistorie, aka Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi (probably first performed in 1660), composed by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)


Performed by Monteverdi Chor

BUY MP3/ALBUM

SHEET MUSIC

Christmas Story composed by Heinrich Schutz (1585-1672). Edited by Neil Jenkins. For Choral (SATB). Music Sales America. Christmas, Renaissance. 80 pages. Novello & Co Ltd.

FREE SHEET MUSIC

Petrucci Music Library

Dec 14

Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) – Orlando Gibbons

Orlando Gibbons

Luke 1:46-55

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Magnificat, from Orlando Gibbons’ (1583-1625) Short Service


Performed by St. Andrew’s Schola Cantorum, conducted by Peter Luley

BUY MP3/ALBUM

Magnificat (Short Service)

SHEET MUSIC

Short Service composed by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625). Arranged by Edmund H. Fellowes. For SATB choir, a cappella. Mixed Voices. Tudor Church Music. Sacred, Choral Service. Vocal score. 32 pages. Duration 14′. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193520851).

FREE SHEET MUSIC

Choral Public Domain Library

Dec 08

When Israel went out of Egypt (Psalm 114:1-8) – Zoltán Kodály

Zoltán Kodály. Stamp of Hungary, 2007.

Psalm 114:1-8

1 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;

Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.

The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.

The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.

What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?

Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?

Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;

Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.

Psalm 114: When Israel went out of Egypt (1952), composed by Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)


Performed by Vox Humana Choir of Vác (HUN) conducted by József Maklári; organ: Anasztázia Bednarik

BUY MP3/ALBUM

A 114. genfi zsoltar (Geneva Psalm 114)

 

Nov 16

Quomodo Cantabimus [How shall we sing?] (Psalm 137:4-7) – William Byrd

William Byrd

William Byrd

Psalm 137:4-7

How shall we sing the Lord‘s song in a strange land?

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.

Quomodo Cantabimus (1584), composed by William Byrd (1540/1543-1623)


Performed by The Cardinall’s Musick

BUY MP3/ALBUM

Quomodo cantabimus / Gallicantus / Signum Records

SHEET MUSIC

Super Flumina Babylonis and Quomodo Cantabimus composed by Philippe de Monte; William Byrd. Arranged by Sally Dunkley. For SATB double choir. Mixed Voices. Musica dei Donum. Sacred, Choral Leaflet. Vocal score. 48 pages. Duration 12′. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193868175).