June 22 and 24, 2014

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Pieter Lastman, The Departure of Hagar, Kunsthalle Hamburg, 1612

So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba [NRSV, Gen. 21:14]

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
Second Sunday after Pentecost / Birth of St. John the Baptist

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The organ voluntaries this coming Sunday at the 10am Choral Eucharist are Intermezzo and Epilogue by Healy Willan.

Healy Willan, Intermezzo, is one of Five Pieces which may be heard free online by Naxos Music Library, performed by Ian Sadler at the S.R. Warren / Casavant organ of the Cathedral Church of St. James, Toronto [BNQ; BM] (info)

Healy Willan, Epilogue, may be heard on Organ Works, free online by the Naxos Music Library, performed by Patrick Wedd at the Casavant organ of the Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montreal [BNQ; BM] (info)


Francisco Guerrero is featured this coming Sunday at the 12h45 Eucharistie chantée.

Francisco Guerrero, Sacrae Cantiones, performed by Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall conducting:

1. Ave Maria (a 4) [YouTube]
2. Alma Redemptoris mater (a 4) [YouTube]
3. Beata Dei genitrix, Maria (a 6) [YouTube]
4. Pater Noster (a 8) [YouTube]
5. O Domine Jesu Christe I (instrumental a 4) [YouTube]
6. O Domine Jesu Christe II (a 4) [YouTube]
7. O sacrum convivium (a 5) [YouTube]
8. Laudate Dominum de caelis (a 8) [YouTube]
9. Gabriel archangelus (a 4) [YouTube]
10. Ave, virgo sanctissima (a 5) [YouTube]
11. Salve Regina (a 4) [YouTube]
12. Regina caeli (a 8) [YouTube]
13. O Altitudo divitiarum (instrumental a 8) [YouTube]
14. Trahe me post te, Virgo Maria (a 5) [YouTube]
15. Duo Seraphim (a 12) [YouTube]
16. Ave Maria (a 8) [YouTube]


The prelude for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Choral Eucharist, Liebster Jesu, BWV 633, is taken from the Pentecost section of Johann Sebastian Bach, Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book).
Click to read about the Orgelbüchlein.
Click to listen to the entire Orgelbüchlein byJames Kibbie at the 1717 Trost organ, St. Walpurgis, Großengottern, Germany
Performance by Ullrich Böhme at the Bach Organ of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. [musicMe]

The postlude for this coming Sunday’s 10am Choral Eucharist is the first of the Eight Short Preludes and Fugues.

The Eight Short Preludes and Fugues are a collection of works for keyboard and pedal formerly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach. They are now believed to have been composed by one of Bach's pupils, possibly Johann Tobias Krebs or his son Johann Ludwig Krebs, based on certain unusual characteristics of the music when played on the organ. Click to read more in Wikipedia.

Performance by Hans Helmut Tillmanns at the Organ of the Schlosskirche of St Philip and St James at Schleiden [BNQ; BM] (info)

Performance by James Pressler on virtual organs [listen]

Performance by Ton Koopman (?) [YouTube]


Tuesday, June 24, is the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.

Orlando Gibbons, This is the record of John.

This is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him: Who art thou? And he confessed and denied not, and said plainly: I am not the Christ. And they asked him: What art thou then? Art thou Elias? And he said: I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered: no. then said they unto him: What art thou? That we may give and answer unto them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? And he said: I am the voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord. (John 19-23)

Performance of:

The Choir of Magdalen College [YouTube]

Saint Mary Magdalene Choir [YouTube]

Kampen Boys Choir [YouTube]

Boyce2Gibbons [YouTube]

Choir of King's College, Cambridge [YouTube]
The Deller Consort [musicMe]

Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge  [musicMe]


Bach Cantatas for the 1st Sunday after Trinity:

Bonifacio Veronese, Dives and Lazarus, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, 1540-50
Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort / O eternity, you word of thunder, Cantata 20, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Koopman, Leusink and Rilling.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot / Break your bread with the hungry, Cantata 39, with performances by Gardiner, Herreweghe, Leonhardt, Leusink, Richter and Rilling.
Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Die Elenden sollen essen / The wretched shall eat, Cantata 75, with performances by Gardiner, Herreweghe, Leonhardt, Leusink and Rilling.