March 25, 2012

James Tissot, The Gentiles come seeking Jesus, Brooklyn Museum, 1986-94

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks.  They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus  [NRSV, John 12:20-21]." 

The Fifth Sunday of Lent 
March 25, 2012

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Simone Martini, Burial of Saint Martin (detail), Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi, 14th c.

The Mass setting for the Fifth Sunday of Lent will by Mass 17 for the Sundays of Advent and Lent.  The choir will chant the 3rd Kyrie.

Missa XVII pro Dominicis Adventus et Quadragesimae chanted by the Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes

Kyrie a (10th c.)

Kyrie b (15th-17th c.)

Kyrie c (14th c.)

Free online listening (CDs) by the Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes:

There are 19 CDs by the Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes for online listening provided by the Naxos Music Library.  [BNQ; BM(info)


King Frederick the Great on the flute and C.P.E. Bach at the harpsicord

Jonathan Bailey, flute; and David Henkelman, harpsicord; will give a concert at Christ Church Cathedral, on Saturday, March 31, at 4:30 pm. Admission free / donation suggested

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sonate for Flute and Harpsichord in B minor
Andante - Largo et dolce - Presto

Free online performance by Wilbert Hazelzet, flute; and Hendrik Bouman, harpsichord [YouTube: Part IPart IIPart III
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767)
Suite in A minor arranged for flute and keyboard
1) Ouverture. Lento - Allegro
2) Les Plaisirs. Presto
3) Air a L'Italien. Largo - Allegro
4) Menuet I, Menuet II
5) La Rejouissance. Viste (Presto)
6) Passepied I, Passepied II
7) Polonaise. Moderato.
Free online performance by  Laura Haynes, flute; and Ina Mirtcheva, piano. [YouTube
Free online performance (as originally composed) by Philip Pickett, recorder; and The New London Consort, strings and continuo. [musicMe]

Free online performance (as originally composed) by Francis Colpron, recorder; and Les Boréades de Montréal, strings and continuo. [BNQBM(info)


McGill free Friday organ recitals at 12:30 pm on the Wolff organ of Redpath Hall:

March 23: Hans-Ola Ericsson

March 18, 2012

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Crucifixion, Alte Pinakotek, Munich, c. 1633

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life [NRSV, John 3:14-15]. 

The Fourth Sunday of Lent 
March 18, 2012

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Three motets by Orlande de Lassus will be sung this coming Sunday: Beatus vir and Oculus non vidit during Choral Eucharist and Adoramus te Christe during evensong.  All three, as well as over 40 other motets by de Lassus, may be listened to free online on the CD Lassus: La Chambre musicale d'Albert le magnifique, performed by the ensemble L'Échelle.

Other complete disks of de Lassus music for free online listening are also available from musicMe.  Click on the appropriate title.

Lassus - Lamentationes Jeremiæ Prophetæ by Collegium Regale, Stephen Cleobury conducting.

Roland de Lassus: Magnum opus musicum by the Choeur de chambre de Namur and La Fenice, Jean Tubery conducting.

Roland de Lassus : Biographie musicale, vol. 1. Années de jeunesse by Ludus Modalis, Bruno Boterf conducting.


McGill free Friday organ recitals at 12:30 pm on the Wolff organ of Redpath Hall:

March 16: John Grew (

March 23: Hans-Ola Ericsson


Sir John Stainer

John Stainer, The Crucifixion

Performed by Richard Lewis, tenor; Owen Brannigan, bass; Brian Runnett, organ; Choir of St John's College, Cambridge; George Guest conducting. [musicMe]

Performed by Michael George, bass; Martyn Hill, tenor; Margaret Phillips, organ; Leith Hill Festival Singers;  BBC Singers; Brian Kay conducting.  [BNQ; BM(info)

Liner notes.  Text begins on page 22.

March 11, 2012

Marc Chagall, Moses Receiving the Ten Commandments, Musée National Marc Chagall, Nice, 1960s

Then God spoke all these words: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery [NRSV, Exodus 20:1-2a]." 

The Third Sunday of Lent 
March 11, 2012

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Henry Pucell, Thou knowest Lord, from the Funeral Music for Queen Mary is the introit for Choral Eucharist this coming Sunday.

Queen Mary II
Henry Purcell: Funeral Music for Queen Mary

Read about Queen Mary II of England.
Read about Henry Purcell (1659-95).   
Read about Funeral Music for Queen Mary


Henry Purcell's complete music for the funeral of Queen Mary sung by the Winchester Cathedral Choir with the Brandenburg Consort and the Baroque Brass of LondonDavid Hill, conducting [musicMe playlist]:   
The Queen's Funeral March;

CanzonaThou knowest, Lord, the secrets (text); 
The Queen's Funeral March (Recession);

Man that is born of a woman (text);     
In the midst of Life (text); 

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets (text);  
Rejoice in the Lord always (text);   
Remember not, Lord, our offences (text);

Voluntary in c

Give sentence with me, O God (text);
Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes (text);
O, I'm sick of life (text);

A Double Verse in G;    
My beloved spake (text);
Hear my prayer, O Lord and let my crying come unto Thee.; 
O God, Thou art my God (text).


Extract of Henry Purcell, Music for the funeral of Queen Mary (1694).  Performance of Sopranos: Céline Scheen, Hana Blažíková, Alice FoccroulleCountertenors: Pascal Bertin, Jean-Christophe Clair, Jean-Michel FumasTenors: Phillipe Froeliger, Thibault Lenaerts, Renaud Tripathi; Basses: Jean-Claude Sarragosse, Lionel Meunier, Malcolm Bothwell; La Fenice; Jean Tubéry conducting [YouTube: Part I; Part II

Click to listen to the Fundacja Nowa Orkiestra Kameralna Choir, Richard Bylicki Berkeley, conducting, perform Thou knowest Lord.

Click to Listen to the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, sing Hear my prayer; listen as well to O God, Thou art my God (text).

Click to Listen to the Ad Hoc Singers peform Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes(text).


Walter/Wendy Carlos reworked the Funeral March for the title music of Stanley Kubrick's film, The Clockwork Orange.  (Carlos was then on the verge of sexual reassignment.) [listen]

Click to hear the Funeral March linked to the finale, Death and Baptism, of The Godfather.


Thomas Morley, Nolo mortem peccatoris, is the Communion motet for Choral Eucharist this coming Sunday.

Nolo mortem peccatoris; haec sunt verba Salvatoris. Father I am thine only Son, sent down from heav’n mankind to save. Father, all things fulfilled and done according to thy will, I have. Father, my will now all is this: Nolo mortem peccatoris. Father, behold my painful smart, taken for man on ev’ry side; Ev'n from my birth to death most tart, no kind of pain I have denied, but suffered all, and all for this: Nolo mortem peccatoris.

"I do not wish the death of a sinner." These are the words of the Saviour.

Performance of:

The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford [YouTube

Durham Polyphony [YouTube

Dordt College Concert Choir [YouTube]

St. Peter's Catholic Church, Columbia, SC [YouTube]

Clerestory [listen]

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford [BNQBM(info)

The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter conducting [BNQBM(info)

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford [BNQ;BM(info)


McGill free Friday organ recitals at 12:30 pm on the Wolff organ of Redpath Hall:

March 9: William Porter
March 16: John Grew
March 23: Hans-Ola Ericsson


Luca Signorelli, Scourging of Christ, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, c. 1480
Krysztof PendereckiSt. Luke Passion 

Performance by Izabela Klosinska, soprano; Krysztof Kolberger, reader; Adam Kruszewski, baritone; Romuald Tesarowicz, bass; Warsaw Boys Choir; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit conducting. [BNQ; BM (info)  Open booklet and go to page 10 for text. Also on [YouTube].

Master of the Strauss Madonna, Crucifixion, Groeninge Museum, Bruges, c. 1445

Click to go to Krysztof Penderecki, Stabat Mater, performed by the National Philharmonic Choir Warsaw with the composer conducting.

Krysztof Penderecki, Symphony No. 7 "The Seven Gates of Jerusalem"

Text in Latin (6th movement spoken Hebrew) with English translation

Performance of Aga Mikolaj, soprano; Olga Pasichnyk, soprano; Wieslaw Ochman, tenor; Ewa Marciniec, alto; Romuald Tesarowicz, bass; Boris Carmeli, spoken vocal; Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir; Antoni Wit conducting. [BNQ; BM] info.  Also on [YouTube: Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV; Part V; Part VI; Part VII; Part VIII; Part IX]