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Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625): If ye be risen again with Christ

May 21, 2013

Orlando Gibbons'  'If ye be risen again with Christ' is a verse anthem in other words it's an anthem that consists of solos or duets for one or more voices, usually from the start of the work as here, interspersed with short choral passages that augment the solos. I've always enjoyed listening to this particular anthem and when the soloists are  two trebles as talented  as the boys singing here it is a soaringly beautiful piece of music. Enjoy :-).


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William Byrd (±1539-1623): Ego sum panis vivus

April 23, 2013


Byrd published 'Ego sum panis vivus' (I am the living bread) in 1607 in the second book of the Gradualia. It's a gentle and optimistic piece of music sung below by the Choir of Winchester Cathedral conducted by David Hill. Enjoy :-).


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Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Sancta Maria succurre miseris

November 28, 2012

Victoria's motet "Sancta Maria succurre miseris" is the Magnificat antiphon at First Vespers for Marian Feasts. It was published in 1572 and is a prayer for mercy and help for the people, the clergy and for women.


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Sancta Maria, succurre miseris

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Latin English
Sancta Maria, succurre miseris, iuva pusillanimes,
refove flebiles, ora pro populo, interveni pro clero,
intercede pro devoto femineo sexu.
Sentiant omnes tuum iuvamen,
quicunque celebrant tuam commemorationem.

Magnificat Antiphon for First Vespers on Marian Feasts

Holy Mary, help thou the suffering, strengthen the faint-hearted,
comfort the sorrowful, pray for the people, entreat for the clergy,
interecede for all womankind vowed unto God.
May all acknowledge the help of thy prayer,
who celebrate thy holy festival.

Feature: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Hör mein Bitten (Hear My Prayer)

October 3, 2012

Apart from his oratorios perhaps the best known and most popular of Mendelssohn's small-scale choral compositions in the English-speaking world is Hör mein Bitten (Hear My Prayer). It's modern popularity stems from a very famous recording made in 1929 by the boy soprano Ernest Lough with the choir of Temple Church of the Mendelssohn-approved English version of the hymn and to this day it's seen as a vehicle for gifted trebles. I've no idea how many recordings of 'O for the wings of a dove!' (O könnt’ ich fl iegen wie Tauben dahin) there are floating round the place but I suspect it's rather a lot.

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Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599): O altitudo divitiarum

September 27, 2012

Francisco Guerrero composed this antiphonal double choir motet in 1597. Its division of choral forces into a high choir (SSAT) and a low one (SATB) became pretty much a standard in Spain for a century to come. The accompaniment to this performance of the motet is an organ, harp, which would have been very typical in Seville at the time Guerrero composed the piece. It's sung below by the Choir of Westminster Cathedral, conducted by David Hill. Enjoy :-).


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