Nov 29

Magnificat [Magnifies] (Luke 1:46-55) – Arvo Pärt

The Visitation in the Book of Hours of the Duc...

The Visitation in the Book of Hours of the Duc de Berry; the Magnificat in Latin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 1:46-55 [Latin]

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Magnificat, composed in 1989 by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

Performed by Coro da Camera del Conservatorio di Como
Vincenza Giacoia, soprano solo
Domenico Innominato, director


MP3: Magnificat – Arvo Part


Composed by Arvo Part (1935-). Choral part(s). With Standard notation. Universal Edition #UE019350. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE019350).

Nov 15

The eyes of all wait upon thee (Psalm 145:15-16) – Jean Berger

Kirchenfenster LOBGESANG nach dem Psalm 145 in...

Kirchenfenster LOBGESANG nach dem Psalm 145 in der St. Johanniskirche zu Lüneburg, Niedersachsen. Gestaltet von dem Maler und Grafiker Gerhard Hausmann. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 145:15-16

15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.

16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

The eyes of all wait upon thee (1959), composed by Jean Berger (1909-2002)

Performed by National Taiwan University Chorus
Conductor: Lin, Huan-Wei 林歡偉


MP3: The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee


SATB choir. Composed by Jean Berger. General. Augsburg Choral Library. Anthem. Octavo. Published by Augsburg Fortress (AU.9780800645595).


Nov 08

Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain (Isaiah 40) – Carolyn Jennings

Detail of third window of the south wall with ...

Detail of third window of the south wall with stained glass depicting Isaiah 40:11 He gathers the lambs in his arms. Created by Watson & Co, Youghal, in 1906. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adapted from Isaiah 40:9-

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Climb to the top of the highest mountain, joyous tidings proclaim to the world,
Lift up your voice, shout the good news: behold, your Lord comes to you.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will carry the lambs in his arms,
He will ever keep them safe from harm. Behold, your Lord comes to you.
He who made the stars in the heaven, He who fashioned the earth and the sea,
From time eternal he was God, the Alpha and Omega, he. Behold, your Lord!
He will come in power and glory, he will rule with mercy and truth,
Hope of the nations, light of all the world.
He will love the little children, he will hold them in his arms.
Love him and trust him as a little child. Behold, your Lord comes to you.

adapted from Isaiah 40

Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain (1981), composed by Carolyn Jennings (b. 1936)

Performed by Luther College Massed Choirs and Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Jennaya Robison, conductor


SATB choir – Grade 2. Composed by Carolyn Jennings. Sacred, Christmas, Choral. Choral octavo. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.C8118).

Oct 25

Beati pauperes spiritu [The beatitudes] (Matthew 5:3-10) – Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 5:3-10 [Latin]

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“The Beatitudes,” from Christus (published in 1872), composed by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Performed by Monteverdichor Würzburg


MP3: Christus, S3/R478: After Epiphany: Die Seligpreisungen (The Beatitudes) (Baritone, Chorus)


Christus. Oratorio on passages from the Holy Bible and the Catholic liturgy. Composed by Franz Liszt (1811-1886). Edited by David Friddle. This edition: Urtext edition. Paperback. Piano reduction. With Language: Latin. 301 pages. Duration 2 hours, 55 mintues. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA7680-90). Item Number: BA.BA7680-90. ISBN 9790006528349. With Language: Latin. 27 x 19 cm inches.