Zwei Motetten [Two Motets] (Job 3:20-23; Lamentations 3:41; James 5:11) – Johannes Brahms

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From the first motet, “Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen,” which includes Job 3:20-23; Lamentations 3:41; James 5:11 [German]

20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;

21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Zwei Motetten, Op. 74 (1877 for the first motet, which uses Biblical texts), by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)


Performed by Sofia Vokalensemble

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Warum ist das Licht gegeben (aus: Zwei Motetten). By Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Edited by Gunter Graulich. For SSATBB Choir. D-Moll (D minor). German title: Warum ist das Licht gegeben. Sacred, Chamber Choir – Recommended by Frieder Bernius; Occasions: Mourning, Death. Level 3. Full score. Language: German. Op. 74, No. 1. 8 pages. Duration 7 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4012010).

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