Advent III – December 11
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This is not a movement from a choral Mass, but a piece of service music sung by the whole congregation. I post it not because it is so terribly profound, but because it is beautiful–and because the music of Healey Willan happens one of my vices. The Mass is named, of course, for the church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto, where Willan was the Organist and Choirmaster from 1921 until his death in 1968.
The tune is also known by the title of the German hymn with which it is most closely associated, Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele. The text is a poetic paraphrase of Isaiah 40.
Ned Rorem is a Pulizter Prize-winning American composer. This setting angular but beautiful setting of Psalm 85:10-13 was written in 1983 for the re-dedication of a church in Delaware.