Nov 23

Who Can Express? (Psalm 106:2; Psalm 86:5, 9-10) – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Psalm 106:2; Psalm 86:5, 9-10

Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise?

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

Who can express / O give thanks, composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)


Performed by Paul Phoenix, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, directed by Barry Rose

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Who Can Express? composed by Samuel Wesley (1766-1837). Edited by Simon Lindley. For unison voices, organ. Royal School of Church Music. Sacred. Easy. Text language: English. 4 pages. Published by GIA Publications (GI.G-RA264).

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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

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Quomodo cantabimus / Gallicantus / Signum Records

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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).

 

Nov 02

Audivi vocem [I heard a voice] (Jeremiah 40:10, Matthew 25:6) – Thomas Tallis

350px-thomas_tallisMusic text:

I heard a voice coming from heaven: Come, all ye most wise virgins, store up oil in your vessels, until the bridegroom cometh. A cry goes up at midnight: Behold, the bridegroom cometh.

Source of text:
Jeremiah 40:10, Matthew 25:6

10 As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah, to serve the Chaldeans, which will come unto us: but ye, gather ye wine, and summer fruits, and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that ye have taken.

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Audivi vocem, motet composed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)


Performed by New York Polyphony

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Audivi Vocem / From the Album Tudor City / New York Polyphony / Avie Records

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A Tallis Anthology composed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585). Edited by John Milsom. Arranged by Milsom. For Mixed Choir. Mixed Voices. Sacred. Choral Collection. 128 pages. Published by Oxford University Press

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Oct 26

Geburt Christi [The Birth of Christ / When Jesus Our Lord] (Matthew 2:1-2; Numbers 24:17; Psalm 2:9) – Felix Mendelssohn

350px-felix_mendelssohn_bartholdy_by_eduard_magnusMatthew 2:1-2; Numbers 24:17; Psalm 2:9

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.

17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

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

“When Jesus, Our Lord” from Christus, Op. 97 (1846-47), composed by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-47)


Performed by Monteverdi Chor

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Christus, Op. 97, MWV A26: Part I: Geburt Christi

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When Jesus, Our Lord, from The New Church Anthem Book composed by Lionel Dakers. For SATB choir and keyboard. Mixed Voices. Sacred, Choral Collection. Paperback. 592 pages. Published by Oxford University Press

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