Apr 05

Tenebrae factae sunt [There was darkness over all the land] (Matthew 27:45-47; John 19:30; Luke 23:46) – Michael Haydn

Matthew 27:45-47; John 19:30; Luke 23:46

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

Tenebrae factae sunt (1772) by Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806)


Performed by Mandák Kórus

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Tenebrae factae sunt (Darkness was over the earth) composed by Michael Haydn (1737-1806). Edited by Thomas. For SATB choir, Organ/Piano ad lib. Choral. Octavo. Text Language: English/Latin. Published by Edition Peters 

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Mar 29

Hosianna dem Sohne Davids [Hosanna to the son of David] (Matthew 21:9) – Bartholomeus Gesius

Entry of Christ into Jerusalem (1320) by Pietro Lorenzetti: entering the city on a donkey symbolizes arrival in peace rather than as a war-waging king arriving on a horse

Matthew 21:9b [German]

And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

Hosianna dem Sohne Davids, composed by Bartholomeus Gesius (1555/1562-1613)


Performed by King’s College Choir

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Ash Wednesday to Easter for Choirs edited by Lionel Dakers; John Scott. For Mixed Choir. This edition: paperback. Mixed Voices. …for Choirs Collections. Sacred, Choral Collection. Level B-C (easy – moderately difficult). Choral Collection. 240 pages. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193531116).

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Mar 22

Hosanna Filio David [Hosanna to the son of David] (Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9-10, Luke 19:38, John 12:13) – Franz Schubert

Franz_Schubert_by_Wilhelm_August_Rieder_1875Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9-10, Luke 19:38, John 12:13

And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna Filio David from 6 Antiphonen zum Palmsonntag, D.696 (1820) by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)


Performed by Archdiocesan Boy Choir of Philadelphia

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Schubert: Sechs Antiphonen zum Palmsonntag composed by Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Edited by Werner Bodendorff. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. German title: Sechs Antiphonen zum Palmsonntag. Full score. 4 pages. Published by Carus Verlag

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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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