Sep 18

Ach, Herr, strafe mich nicht [Oh, Lord, do not punish me] (Psalm 6:1-10) – Georg Philipp Telemann

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), hand-colored aquatint by Valentin Daniel Preisler, after a lost painting by Louis Michael Schneider, 1750.

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), hand-colored aquatint by Valentin Daniel Preisler, after a lost painting by Louis Michael Schneider, 1750.

Psalm 6:1-10

O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long?

Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.

For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.

The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.

10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.


Ach, Herr, strafe mich nicht, composed by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)


Performed by Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble

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Composed by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). This edition: urtext, paperback. Baroque. 44 pages. Published by Deutscher Verlag fur Musik (BR.DV-9501).

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Sep 11

Cast me not away (Psalm 51:11,12,17,8) – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Prayer of David, psalm 51

Prayer of David, psalm 51 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 51:11,12,17,8

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.


Cast me not away (1848), composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)


Performed by The Choir of Lincoln College (Oxford), conductor Christopher Eastwood

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Choral (SATB). Anthems from the Psalms for Mixed Voice Choirs. Edited by Barry Rose. Music Sales America. Choral. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV040062. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14021854).

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Sep 04

Thy word is a lantern (Psalm 119:105-108,110-111) – Henry Purcell

Portrait of Henry Purcell

Portrait of Henry Purcell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 119:105-108,110-111

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.

107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.

108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.

110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.

111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.


Thy word is a lantern, Z. 61, composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)


Performed by Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal) in Cleveland, Ohio. Horst Buchholz, Choirmaster

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Composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Edited by Watkins Shaw. Music Sales America. Classical, Choral. 12 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV290148. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14033628).

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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).