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Music of The Pater Noster: The Lord’s Prayer – John Farmer (±1570; fl 1591–1601)

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January 28, 2013

Christ Church captioned John Farmer 300x517 This week's posting in my series dealing with the music of the Pater Noster is a rhymed metrical setting of the Lord's Prayer in English by the late Elizabethan composer John Farmer (±1570; fl 1591–1601).  We don't know all that much about him even the year of his birth is guesswork based upon a prefatory poem to his published collection of canons, which makes it clear that in 1591, the year in which they were published, Farmre was still 'in youth'.  His music was evidently well thought in the more strongly protestant sections of the Elizabethan religious and academic establishment because his music is heavily represented in East's psalter published in 1592.

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Drakensberg Boys’ Choir: Gloria – Christmas in The Berg Concert 2012

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January 3, 2013

imageThe opening number of the Drakies'  "Christmas in The Berg Concert 2012" Enjoy :-).

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Kearsney College Choir – Song Of Peace – YouTube

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January 1, 2013

Bernard Kruger's introduction in the video makes any comment from me extraneous. Enjoy :-).

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Music of The Pater Noster: Pater Noster – Jean-Marie van Bronkhorst – Cascade Concert Choir and OSU Chamber Orchestra

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November 26, 2012
This entry is part 13 of 22 in the series Music Of The Pater Noster

I've picked another modern American setting of the Pater Noster for this week's entry in my series dealing with the Lord's Prayer. I've written about van Bronkhorst's music before – if you haven't heard it I strongly urge you to  listen to this performance of his Agnus Dei.  The performance below of his setting of the Pater Noster is a live (sound only) recording using a camcorder of a performance by the Cascade Concert Choir and OSU Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dr. Steven Zielke given at St. Mary's, Mount Angel, Oregon. The sing it  with verve and professionalism. Enjoy :-).

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Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623): Christ Rising Again – Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum

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August 13, 2012

Tewkesbury choristersWeelkes' setting of the verse anthem 'Christ rising' reflects the infuence that Byrd's setting published in 1589 in "Songs of sundrie natures" had upon the next generation. Weelkes' anthem includes much word- painting, rising sequences, and a superb Byrd-inspired duet for trebles at 'to life'. Like much of Weelkes' religious music continuity and integration is achieved by Weelkes' use of a sort of quasi-canonic writing combined with a restricted number of motifs. The final Alleluia is a remarkable piece of composition which like Weelkes' 'O Lord, arise into thy resting-place' makes heavy use of compact imitation and false relations. It's superbly sung in the music video below by the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum. I'd be remiss not to mention by name the soloists Oliver Gay and Aaron King (trebles) and Stephen Taylor and Stephen Burrows (altos) whose singing of this far from easy peace can only be described as masterful. Enjoy :-).

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