December 14, 2008

Robert Campin, St. John the Baptist, The Cleveland Museum of Art, early 1410s

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
The Third Sunday of Advent

Click to go immediately to:

1) The Music Programme Homepage

2) The Music Calendar for Choral Eucharist and Evensong

3) The Concert Calendar.

The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday after the opening word of the introit (text) (listen) of the Latin Roman Mass. This Sunday the introit will be sung in plainsong.
The Communion motet, also in plainsong, is the gradual (text)for the Latin Roman Mass of the Vigil (June 23) of the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

Book of Kells, Trinity College, Dublin, 7th-8th cent.

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming) appears in a variety of forms in last Sunday's Procession of Carols and Lessons and the upcoming Sunday's evensong.

Click to read about Es ist ein Ros entsprungen and listen to several organ and sung versions.

George Frideric Handel

The Annual Messiah Sing-Along will take place at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, December 13, at 5 pm, with the Cathedral Singers and orchestra, Patrick Wedd directing. Soloists are Lindsay Michaels, Jennifer Cohen, Michael Leonard and Normand Richard. Scores are available. Free admission / voluntary contribution.

Click to read about Messiah and access a number of different performances.

Patrick Wedd will finish his reprise of the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen on the Wilhelm organ of Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, December 20, at 5:00 pm. Admission free / voluntary contribution.

Patrick Wedd will perform Olivier Messiaen, La Nativité du Seigneur.

To prepare, listen to: Jennifer Bate, Olivier Latry, Dame Gillian Weir.

St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue has online excellent programme notes. Click here, then go to page 7 for the comments on La Nativité du Seigneur.

These programme notes accompany John Scott's Messiaen recitals at St. Thomas. Click here to listen online.

Duccio di Buoninsegna, Descent into Hell, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena, 1308

Click to go to Bach Cantatas for Online Listening and Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantata 61 performed by Soprano: Sibylla Rubens; Tenor: Christoph Prégardien; Bass: Peter Kooy; Collegium Vocale Gent; Philippe Herreweghe conducting.