May 30, 2010

Michelangelo Buonarroti, God the Father with Lady Wisdom creating Adam (detail), Cappella Sistina, Vatican, 1510

When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep . . . then I was beside him, like a master worker [NRSV, Proverbs 8:27,30a].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
Trinity Sunday

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1) The
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2) The Music Calendar for Choral Eucharist and Evensong

3) The Concert Calendar

Gloria tibi Trinitas began as the antiphon for the opening psalm of 1st vespers (Roman Catholic) of Trinity Sunday. It then became the inspiration of polyphonic motets and perhaps most significantly was the basis for John Taverner, Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas. Taverner's treatment of the phrase "In nomine," in the Benedictus of the Mass became in turn the source of a plethora of instrumental variations. Click to read about all of this and listen online to a wide selection of music.

Sandro Botticelli, Holy Trinity (Pala delle Convertite), Courtauld Institute Galleries, London, 1491-93

The Cherubic Hymn, sung after the Gospel, has been an integral part of Orthodox liturgy since the time of the Emperor Justinian I. Click to read about the Cherubic Hymn and listen to a number of different compositions.

Censing during the Cherubic Hymn

Hilary Punnett, the assistant organist, will perform her McGill master's degree recital on Tuesday, June 8, at 8:00 pm, on the 1915-16 Casavant organ of the Church of St-Jean-Baptiste, at Rachel and Henri-Julien (Mt Royal Metro). She will perform Louis Vierne, Symphony No. 1, Op. 14; Charles V. Stanford, Fantasia and Toccata in d-, Op. 57; Herbert Howells, Psalm-Prelude 1, Op. 32, no.1 (from Ps. 34, v. 6); and Kenneth Leighton, Passacaglia (from Prelude, Scherzo and Passacaglia), Op. 41.

Click to hear Ben van Oosten perform the Louis Vierne, Symphonie No. 1.

Click to go to Piet van der Steen performing Olivier Messiaen, Méditations sur le mystère de Sainte Trinité / Meditations on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity, on the Adema organ of St. Bavo Cathedral Basilica, Haarlem.

Olivier Messiaen. Foto Archives Editions Durand

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach,Cantata 165, a p
erformance by
& Collegium Vocale Gent (Chorus Master: Philippe Herreweghe) / Leonhardt-Consort; Gustav Leonhardt conducting.

Louis Tiffany, Nicodemus Came to Him by Night, First Presbyterian Church, Lockport, NY