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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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Drakensberg Boys’ Choir: King of Kings, Majesty

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July 7, 2012

It's been a while since I posted anything by the Drakensberg Boys' Choir, the video below the fold is of their performance last year of 'King of Kings, Majesty' with the solo being sung by J.J. I've put the lyrics below fold also. Enjoy :-).

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Drakensberg Boys Choir New Boys 2012 First Performance

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February 17, 2012

The 2012 New Boy group performing Shake the Papaya Down during their first performance on Wednesday 15 February 2012.
Shake the Papaya Down (Trad. Arr.: Ruth Dwyer)

Source: New Boys 2012 First Performance – YouTube Uploaded by DBCHOIR on Feb 16, 2012

Thomas Weelkes: When David heard — Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum

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February 2, 2012

Henry_Stuart_Prince_of_Wales_03Thomas Weelkes (1576–1623) was a talented, popular, and gifted madrigalist, who moved from one job to another because of his unruly and drunken behaviour. Perhaps this was why none of his  church music was published during his lifetime. His setting of the short Absalom lament in the Second Book of Samuel highlights the deeply personal nature of King David's public and private mourning for his dead son:

When David heard that Absalom was slain, he went up to his chamber over the gate, and wept: and thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!

(From: 2 Samuel 18: 33  And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Ab'salom! my son, my son Ab'salom! would God I had died for thee, O Ab'salom, my son, my son!)

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