‪Agnus Dei: J.M. van Bronkhorst‬

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This modern Agnus Dei was composed by Jean-Marie van Bronkhorst Choir Director of Cascade High School in Turner, Oregon, it’s performed here by the Cascade Concert Choir and Oregon State Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marlan Carlson at St. Mary’s cathedral in Mount Angel, Oregon. It’s a very polished performance of a wonderful piece of music that shows what young singers can do:

I would’ve written this exactly the same if it were written for the Cambridge Singers or the Robert Shaw Chorale. My students love the piece, and when that intrinsic quality is part of the learning process, the sky is the limit. But it’s true, I had their voices in mind, especially the girl who sings a discant like an angel in the end. I literally had her voice in my head when writing it.

Jean-Marie van Bronkhorst*

The video, the text of Agnus Dei and a translation of Agnus Dei into English are all below the fold. Whenever experts tell me that high school students can’t sing to professional standard I direct them to thoroughly professional performances such as this. Enjoy :-)


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Video Source: ‪Agnus Dei: J.M. van Bronkhorst‬‏ – YouTube * The video page on YouTube is also the source for Van Brockhorst quote above. Van Brockhorst’s YouTube channel is here: http://www.youtube.com/user/bartje11

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Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi,Lamb of God, who takes away sins of world,
miserere nobis.have mercy on us.
Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi,Lamb of God, who takes away sins of world,
dona nobis pacem.

grant us peace.

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