Music from the Past Few Sundays

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Lent III – March 11

Jessica Miller and Matt Ward, oboes

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Bach: Prelude in F (Well-Tempered Clavier II) and Trio (Brandenburg No. 1)

These two pieces have nothing whatever to do with one another aside from they fact that they are both by Bach.  Furthermore, the “Trio” from the Brandenburg concerto is meant to be played by two oboes and a bassoon alone, not by two oboes and harpsichord playing the bassline and filling in the harmonies.  It’s hard to say whether Bach would have approved of my appropriating and re-packaging his work in this way, although he did this sort of thing with his own music fairly regularly.  For me, the justification is that the claim of “authenticity” is less important than allowing Bach’s music to be heard, especially when one has a fine harpichord and two fine oboe players at one’s disposal.

Eiether way, Bach is still dead and his music is still great.

Bach: ‘Inscribed upon the cross we see’

This also is an invention of mine own making–we took the second stanza of Hymn 471, ‘We sing the praise of him who died,’ and set it to Bach’s harmonization of the 17th-century chorale O heiliger Geist, O heiliger Gott.

Inscribed upon the cross we see
in shining letters, God is love:
Christ bears our sins upon the tree:
he brings us mercy from above.

Thomas Kelly, 1815

Hymn 149, Eternal Lord of love, behold your Church (Old 124th)

Kyrie eleison (Russian Orthodox traditional)

Hymn 439, What wondrous love is this, O my soul (Wondrous Love)

Bach: O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, BWV 118

O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht,
mein Hort, mein Trost, mein Zuversicht,
auf Erden bin ich nur ein Gast
und drückt mich sehr der Sünden Last.

O Jesus Christ, the light of my life,
my treasure, my comfort, my confidence:
I am only a guest in this world,
and the weight of my sins oppresses me greatly.

Martin Behm (1737)

Bach: Ich hab’ ich ihm ergeben
from Cantata 97, In allen meinen Taten
Lisa Jennings, soprano

Ich hab mich ihm ergeben zu sterben und zu leben,
Sobald er mir gebeut.
Es sei heut oder morgen, dafür lass ich ihn sorgen;
Er weiß die rechte Zeit.

To him I am committed for dying and for living
Whenever he bids me.
If this day or tomorrow I depart to his care;
He knows the proper time.

Paul Fleming (1642)

Lent IV – March 18

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Lloyd: Cleanse me, Lord
(stanzas 2 and 4 of ‘View me, Lord, a work of thine’)

Cleanse me, Lord, that I may kneel at thine altar pure and white;
They that once thy mercies feel, gaze no more on earth’s delight.

In thy word, Lord, is my trust, to thy mercies fast I fly;
Though I am but clay and dust, yet thy grace can lift me high.

– Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

Hymn 475, God himself is with us (Tysk)

arr. Hutto: Just as I am

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Music from this Past Sunday

Epiphany 6 – February 12

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Pelz: Peace I give to you

Hymn 388, O worship the King, all glorious above (Hanover)

Psalm 42:1-7 (Simplified Anglican Chant, Kennedy)

Hymn 441, In the cross of Christ I glory (Rathbun)

Haydn, Gloria from Heiligemesse

arr. Holst, Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Kristine Chaney and Lisa Jennings, sopranos

Hymn 397, Now thank we all our God (Nun danket alle Gott)

Bach, arr. Fox: Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 79

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning

Music from Christmas Eve

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Silent night, holy night; Son of God, love’s pure light

7:30 – Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Christofer Ackerman, trumpet

Corelli: Sonata
i. Andante
ii. Allemande
iii.  Sarabande
iv. Gigue

Hovaness: Prayer of St. Gregory

Hymn 83, O come all ye faithful (Adeste fidelis)

Hymn 107, Good Christian friends, rejoice (In dulci jubilo)

Hymn 105, God rest you merry, gentlemen (God Rest You Merry)

Hymn 87, Hark! the herald angels sing (Mendelssohn)

10:00 – Pre-service Music

Erin Althoff and Kevin Rogers, violins
Doug Merritt, viola; Patrick O’Neil, cello;
Stephen Jones, bass

Buxtehude: In dulci jubilo 

Held: Divinum mysterium 

Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056
i. Allegro
ii.  Adagio
iii. Presto 

Brahms: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, Op. 122 

Corelli: Pastorale
from Concerto Grossi in G minor, Op. 6 No. 8

10:30 – Holy Eucharist, Rite I

Hymn 102, Once in royal David’s city (Irby) 

arr. Willcocks: Sussex Carol
Lisa Jennings, soprano 

Hymn 92, On this day earth shall ring (Personent hodie)
Includes the reading of the Christmas story from Luke’s gospel; we sang this hymn at the Gospel Procession and then repeated the first stanza at the conclusion of the lesson. 

Yon: Gesu bambino
Karen Kerswell, alto 

Handel: ‘For unto us a child is born’ from Messiah
This was sung as the Offertory Anthem, and includes the Presentation Hymn, ‘O come, all ye faithful’ (conveniently in the same key) respendent in all its Willcocks-tastic solemnity.  

Hymn 111, Silent night, holy night (Stille Nacht)
Lisa Jennings, descant

Music from the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Advent IV – December 18

A State of Joyful Expectation

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Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland

Hymn 54, Savior of the nations, come (Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland)

Hymn 265, The angel Gabriel from heaven came (Basque Carol)

Bach: Öffne dich, mein ganzes Herze
from Cantata 61 (Kristine Chaney, soprano)

Öffne dich, mein ganzes Herze, Jesus kömmt und ziehet ein.
Bin ich gleich nur Staub und Erde, Will er mich doch nicht verschmähn,
Seine Lust an mir zu sehn, Dass ich seine Wohnung werde
O wie selig werd ich sein!

Open wide, my whole heart, Jesus comes and enters in.
Although I am only ashes and dust, yet he will not disdain
to see his delight within me and that I might become his dwelling.
Oh, how blessed shall I be!

Handel: ‘Then shall the eyes of the blind’ and ‘He shall feed his flock’
from Messiah (Kristine Chaney, soprano)

Hymn 100, Joy to the world, the Lord is come (Antioch)

Music from the First Two Sundays of Advent

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Advent I – November 27

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Erin Althoff, violin; Tamar Ben-Pazi, cello

C P E Bach: Andante from Trio Sonata in F

Hymn 66, Come thou long-expected Jesus (Stuttgart)

Bach: Zion hears the watchman singing

Advent II – December 4

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Peeters: Pastorale

Introit for the Second Sunday of Advent
Tone I

Hymn 59, Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding (Merton)

Psalm 85:7-13
Plainsong, Tone II

Turner: Let me love you, O Christ
text by Eric Milner-White

Hymn 444, Blessed be the God of Israel (Thornbury)

Willcocks, arr. from Palestrina: Matin Responsory
Verdun Kerswell, baritone; Mary Slaby and Lisa Jennings, sopranos

Hymn 401, the God of Abraham praise (Leoni)

Music from this Past Sunday

Pentecost III – July 3

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Bach: In your mercy, Lord, you called me (Cantata 147)

‘In your mercy, Lord, you called me’ is of course not the original text to this familiar and beloved music.

For all of Robert Bridges’s prowess as a translator of hymns (Ah, Holy Jesus, O sacred head now wounded, All my hope on God is founded, and so forth) I don’t think that ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’ reflects his best work:

Word of God our flesh that fashioned
with the fire of love impassioned,
striving still to Truth unknown,
soaring, dying round thy throne.

What does that mean, exactly?  And for heaven’s sake don’t let’s sing this “Truth unknown” business on a Sunday when the Gospel lesson is “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.”

On the other hand, I am very fond of Josiah Conder’s tender and introspective text  ‘In your mercy, Lord, you called me,’ and I think it is unfortunate that it has been paired with the almost laughable unsingable tune Halton Holgate (number 706 in the 1982 hymnal).

So what we did here was to take the text we liked and the music we know and, because the number of syllables matches up, just put them together.  Bach would likely not have approved (though he is not in a position to protest), but I think that the result is reasonable successful.

arr. Whalum: Sweet home
Kristine Chaney, soprano

“Man does not live on bread alone:” nor can one, I think, subside on a steady diet of spirituals.  But this one is a particularly sweet one, and if you listen carefully to the “B” section you will hear Horatius Bonar’s familiar text, ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’ (Hymn 692).

Hymn 718: God of our fathers, whose almighty hand (National Hymn)

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people

Music from Pentecost – June 12

Erin Althoff and Doug Merritt, violins; Sarah Daniels, viola;
Tamar Ben-Pazi, cello; Jessica Miller and Matt Ward, oboes;
Lisa Jennings, soprano; Kristine Chaney, alto;
Stewart Haigh, tenor; Rod Sanders, bass

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Photo by Larry Wilson

Bach: Sinfonia from Cantata 169

Psalm 130
Anglican Chant: David Hurd

Hymn 516: Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney)

Mozart: Veni, sancte Spiritus, K. 47

Veni, sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende, qui per diversitatem linguarum cunctarum gentes in unitate fidei congregasti. Alleluia.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, and kindle the fire of your love in them whom you, from separate tongues, have gathered the nations together in the unity of faith. Alleluia.

-Sequence for Pentecost

Callahan: Creator Spirit, by whose aid
sung by the gentelmen of the choir

Creator Spirit, by whose aid
the world’s foundations first were laid,
come visit every humble mind;
come, pour thy joys on human kind;

O Source of uncreated light,
the Father’s promised Paraclete,
thrice holy Fount, thrice holy Fire,
our hearts with heavenly love inspire.

From sin and sorrow set us free,
and make us temples worthy thee.
Give us thyself, that we may see
the Father and the Son by thee.

-John Dryden, 1693

Bach: Sinfonia from Cantata 156
Jessica Miller, oboe