June 19, 2014

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Ugolino di Nerio, Last Supper, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1324-25

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes

Corpus Christi

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1) The Music Programme Homepage 

2) The Music Calendar for Choral Eucharist, Eucharistie chantée and Evensong 

3) The Concert Calendar. 

These notes are for Corpus Christi.  Click to go to Trinity Sunday. 

On Corpus Christi, Thursday, June 19, at 1:00 pm, immediately following the 12h15 Eucharistie chantée, Patrick Wedd, at the 1980 Wilhelm organ will perform seven movements from Olivier Messiaen, Le Livre du Saint-Sacrement.  Duration: approximately 30 minutes.  Admission free.

By way of preparation listen to an online performance by Olivier Latry at the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Notre Dame, Paris.

All seven movements [musicMe]

The entire work [musicMe] 

I Adoro Te [musicMe]
Je vous adore, 0 Divinité cachée!      
I adore you, O hidden Deity! 

II La Source de la vie / The fountain of life [musicMe]
Que toujours mon cœur ait soif de vous, O fontaine de vie, source de l'éternelle lumière.
0 may my heart ever thirst for you, fountain of life and source of eternal light. 

IV Acte de foi / Act of faith [musicMe]
Mon Dieu, je crois fermement.          
My God, this I firmly believe. 

VIII Institution de l'Eucharistie / The institution of the Eucharist [musicMe]
Ceci est mon corps. Ceci est mon sang.
This is my body. This is my blood. (St. Matthew) 

XII La Transsubstantiation / Transubstantiation [musicMe]
Sous les espèces diverses, qui ne sont plus des substances mais seulement des signes, se cachent les sublimes réalités.
Beneath two differing species (signs only, not in their substances) lie mysteries deep and rare. 

XIV Prière avant la Communion / Prayer before Communion [musicMe]
Seigneur, je ne suis pas digne...mait dit seulement une parole... Lord, I am not worthy ...but only give the word... 

XVII La Présence multipliée / The presence multiplied [musicMe]
Un seul le reçoit, mille le reçoivent, celui-là reçoit autant que ceux-ci; tous le reçoivent sans le consumer.
Thousands eat the Bread of Heaven, yet as much to one is given: Christ, though eaten, bideth still.


The Feast of Corpus Christi is observed in many Anglican and Lutheran churches as well as throughout the Roman Catholic Church where it was established as universal feast (today a solemnity) in 1264. Originally celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, it is now often observed on the following Sunday. Sacerdotes Domini has tradionally been sung during the offertory of the Mass. In this Thursday’s Eucharistie chantée at Christ Church Cathedral Le Quatuor des chanteurs de la cathédrale will perform William Byrd, Sacerdotes Domini, as the Introit within the setting of Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices . 

Click for free access through the Naxos Music Library to a performance with text of William Byrd, Mass for Four Voices, interspersed with the propers for the Feast of Corpus Christi performed by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Stephen Darlington conducting.


William Byrd’s Three Masses

The Winchester Cathedral choirboys

Winchester Cathedral Choristers

Performance of the three Masses by the Choir of Winchester Cathedral, David Hill conducting. [musicMe]

Performance of the three Masses by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, David Willcocks conducting. [musicMe]

Performance of the Mass for four voices by The Tallis Scholars. [YouTube]

Performance of the Mass for four voices by the Vassar College Choir, Christine Howlett conducting. [YouTube]

Performance of the Mass for five voices by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Philip Ledger conducting. [musicMe]


The Virtual Byrd Choir is the sacred music unit of the Virtual Wilbye Consort.  Both activities, founded in Tokyo in 2001, rely on one Japanese male voice.
Click to hear Byrd, Mass for Five Voices , performed by the Virtual Byrd Choir.


Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Cycle after Pentecost, Op. 56: Nos. 27

Mass of Corpus Christi

Prelude for the Introit [YouTube]
Offertory  [YouTube]
Elevation [YouTube]
Communion [YouTube]
Fantasy Paraphrase  [YouTube]
Click for the entire performance of L'Orgue mystique by Georges Delvallée