Jul 13

Der 2. Psalm: Warum toben die Heiden [Why do the nations rage] (Psalm 2:1-12) – Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

 

English: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, portrait...

English: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, portrait by Edward Magnus 1846 Deutsch: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Portrait von Edward Magnus 1846 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 2:1-12 [German]

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Warum toben die Heiden from Drei Psalmen (1843), composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)

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Mendelssohn: Drei Psalmen op. 78 composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Edited by David Brodbeck. This edition: Paperbound. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. German title: Drei Psalmen op. 78. Sacred, Motets; Stuttgart Urtext editions; Occasions: Psalms. Full score. Composed 1843/44. 88 pages. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4012500)

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Oct 21

Why fumeth in fight (Psalm 2:1-2) – Thomas Tallis

 

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585 (Image via Wikipedia)

Psalm 2:1-2

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed,

[Psalter text by Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker:]

Why fum’th in fight the Gentiles spite, in fury raging stout?
Why tak’th in hand the people fond, vain things to bring about?
The Kings arise, the Lords devise, in counsels met thereto,
against the Lord with false accord, against His Christ they go.

Why fumeth in fight (published in 1567), the third of nine tunes contributed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter. As Parker described it, “The third doth rage: and roughly bray’th.” Nearly 350 years later, it was the inspiration for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.


Performed by Alamire, directed by David Skinner


Performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis
“At the Gloucester Cathedral (where it in 1910 was played for the first time and conducted by Vaughan Williams himself)”

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Jun 05

Why do the nations so furiously rage together? from Messiah (Psalm 2:1-2) – George F. Handel

George Frideric Handel's autograph manuscript ...

George Frideric Handel's autograph manuscript of the title page of Messiah, 1741 (Photo via Wikipedia)

Psalm 2:1-2

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

Why do the nations so furiously rage together? (air), from Messiah (1741) by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


[Why do the nations so furiously rage together? starts at approximately 1:35:02]
Performed by the Academy of Ancient Music and the Choir of Westminster Abbey, with conductor Christopher Hogwood
Soloist David Thomas

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May 23

He trusted in God, from Messiah (Psalm 22:8) – George F. Handel

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Psalm 22:8

He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

He trusted in God (Chorus), from Messiah (1741) by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


[He trusted in God starts at approximately 1:13:54]
Performed by the Academy of Ancient Music and the Choir of Westminster Abbey, with conductor Christopher Hogwood

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