Today Charles Gounod (1818-1893) is mostly thought of as a composer of operas and light music but he was also a very active composer of sacred music including 21 masses, three oratorios, a great many cantatas and motets together with numerous smaller scale religious works. Gounod was one of the most important members of the French ‘Palestrina renaissance’ movemement so perhaps its unsurprising that his 1892 setting of the Pater Noster is stylistically closely related to Palestrina’s responsories. It’s sung below by the Philharmonia Chor Stuttgart conducted by Helmut Wolf. Enjoy :-).
Text: Pater noster
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|Pater noster, qui es in caelis, |
sanctificetur nomen tuum.
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua sicut in caelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie,
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem: sed libera nos a malo.
Luke 11: 2b-4
|Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, |
thy kingdom come, thy will be done
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.