Aug 21

The woman with the alabaster box (Matthew 26:6-13) – Arvo Pärt

English: Ballum church. Painting at the high a...

English: Ballum church. Painting at the high altar ( 17th century ): Anointing of Jesus Deutsch: Pfarrkirche Ballum. Gemälde am Hochaltar ( 17.Jhdt. ): Maria Magdalena salbt Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 26:6-13

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.

But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.


The woman with the alabaster box, composed in 1997 by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)


Performed by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Theatre of Voices, Pro Arte Singers and Paul Hillier

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Composed by Arvo Part (1935-). Bible, St Matthew 26, 6-13. World Premiere: in Karlstad Cathedral Karlstad / Sweden by the Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble. With Standard notation. Duration 7 minutes. Universal Edition #UE031127. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE031127).

Jul 24

Halt was du hast [Hold what thou hast] (Revelation 3:11,15) – Georg Philipp Telemann

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), coloured a...

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), coloured aquatint by Valentin Daniel Preisler after a lost painting by Louis Michael Schneider (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revelation 3:11,15 [German]

11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.


Halt, was du hast, TWV 8:9, composed by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)


Performed by Magdeburg Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir Magdeburg

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SATB/SATB choir, [basso continuo] – Level 3. Motet. Composed by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). Edited by Paul Horn. Arranged by Paul Horn. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. German title: Halt, was du hast. Sacred, Motets; Stuttgart Urtext editions; Occasions: Mourning, Death; Use during church year: End of the church year. Full score. With Language: German/English. TVWV 8:9. Duration 7 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3911200).

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Jul 03

Nigra sum [I am black] (Song of Solomon 1:4-5; 2:10b-12a) – Pablo Casals

The Black Madonna of Tindari, sporting the inc...

The Black Madonna of Tindari, sporting the incsription NIGRA SUM SED FORMOSA. Tindari Madonna Bruna: restoration work in the 1990s found a medieval statue with later additions. Nigra sum sed formosa , meaning “I am black but beautiful” (from the Song of Songs, 1:5), is inscribed round a newer base. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of Solomon 1:4-5; 2:10b-12a

Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;


Nigra sum (1943), composed by Pablo Casals (1876-1973)


Performed by The Georgia Boy Choir

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Published by Mark Custom Music (MK.50491-MCD).

 

Jun 19

My beloved spake (Song of Solomon 2:10-13,16) – Henry Purcell

Capital from the Song of Solomon in Winchester...

Capital from the Song of Solomon in Winchester Cathedral. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of Solomon 2:10-13,16

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.


My beloved spake, Z.28, composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)


Performed by The English Concert · Trevor Pinnock · Simon Preston · Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

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Composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Edited by Edward J. Dent. Music Sales America. Baroque, Choral. 24 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV290447. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14022476).

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