For this week’s entry in my series exploring the music of the Pater Noster – the ‘Our Father’ I’ve picked the setting by the Basque composer Xabier (Xavier) Sarasola sung by the Escolanía de Segovia. I’ve yet to hear something composed by Xabier Sarasola that I didn’t like his music choral music is refreshingly direct and always with a lovely melodic line. A choral singer himself – he sings in the Orfeo Donostiarra, a choir dedicated to the tradition of Basque singing he also composes instrumental music and teaches both choral technique, choral singing, and the violin.
The performance I’ve picked is by a relatively new choir the the Escolanía de Segovia (link goes to a Spanish language page) was founded in 1996 by the Fundación Don Juan de Borbón specifically to support the tradition of a children’s Cathedral Choir in Segovia. Since then the Escolanía under their director Maria Luisa Martin have gone from strength to strength as you can hear in the YouTube video below taken from a Christmas concert they gave on December 15th 2012 at the Iglesia del Salvador in Segovia. 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.