Louisiana 1927

Randy Newman, arr. Jay Althouse Performed by the Sir Winston Churchill High School Concert Choir under the direction of David T. Graham. Choralfest, 2011 I’ve put the lyrics below the video, enjoy :-). mfi Video & description source: Louisiana 1927 – YouTube. Published on Jul 25, 2012 by SWCMusicChannel. Lyrics: Louisiana 1927 What has happened…

The Georgia Boy Choir – A Red, Red Rose

The Georgia Boy Choir singing The Red, Red Rose, by James Mulholland. This performance was recorded on May 23, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the beginning of its China Tour during the wedding of Hannah Jordan LoRusso and Duane Griffith Rivaud White at Tenth Presbyterian Church. If you’re not familiar with it "A Red, Red…

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956): God is gone up

This is the second of Finzi’s three opus 27 anthems,  it’s a setting of a text from the Preparatory Meditations by the Puritan poet Edward Taylor (1642–1729) combined with Psalm 47 which Finzi wrote in 1951 for a St Cecilia’s Day Service at St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn. The performance below was given by The Georgia…

Stephen Paulus (1949 – 2014): Splendid Jewel

This is Paulus’ setting of ‘Splendid Jewel’ a fourteenth-century lauda found in the Florence Laudario. Laude were songs in praise of God (laudes Domini) written in vernacular Italian  and performed by Franciscan priests and other mendicant preachers in line with St Francis of Assisi’s instruction to his followers to preach and to sing God’s praises…

Inviolata, integra, et casta es Maria – Kantorei of Kansas City

The KSCI Concert Chorale directed by guest clinician, Dr. Ryan Board of Pepperdine University. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, KC MO. Chant, transcribed by Dr. Board. This eleventh century plainchant sequence for the Ladymass dealing with Mary’s immaculate person was particularly popular  with sixteenth century composers amongst them Josquin and Gombert. I’ve added the text…

Psalm 23 (Bay Psalm Book): American Boy Choir

The Bay Psalm book is probably unknown to my readers on this side of the Atlantic, and, I suspect, to many in America, and so a little history before listening to the music is appropriate. In 1640 the Massachusetts Bay Colony published the Bay Psalm Book (it was printed by Stephen Daye in the house…