May 10 and 14, 2015

Masolino da Panicale, St. Peter preaching, Brancacci Chapel, Florence, 1426-27

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word [NRSV, Acts 10:44].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
Sixth Sunday of Easter / Ascension

Click to go immediately to:

1) The Music Programme Homepage

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

3) L'Oasis Musicale

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Cantabile Youth Singers in performance

The Cantabile Youth Singers of Kingston, Ontario, led by Dr. Mark Sirett, will give a concert at Christ Church Cathedral on Ascension Thursday, May 14, at 1:00pm, immediately following the 12:15pm Choral Eucharist.  Admission free / Voluntary donation.


How Can I Keep from Singing [text], trad. arr. Bradley Ellingboe (b. 1958)
Inscription of Hope [text], Randall Stroope (b. 1953)
Up on the Mountain Shouting [text], Paul Caldwell (b. 1963) and  Sean Ivory (b. 1969)
Teach me to Treasure [text], Sarah Quartel (b. 1982)
Holy is the Lord [text], Jeffrey Ames (b. 1969)
Irish Blessing  [text],  Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)
Cantate canticum novum [text], Dan Forrest (b. 1978)
By way of preparation, listen free online:
Amani (Peace) performed by William and Mary Women’s Chorus  [text] [YouTube]
How Can I Keep from Singing performed by Phoenix Girls Chorus Cantabile Choir [text] [YouTube]
Inscription of Hope performed by the New Jersey Elementary Honor Choir  [text] [YouTube]
Up on the Mountain Shouting performed by the Crescent City Choral Festival [text][YouTube]
Holy is the Lord performed by the Baylor University Bella Voce Choir [text] [YouTube]
Irish Blessing, performed by the Chorale Kantariak [text] [YouTube]
Cantate canticum novum, performed by the Blue Valley North Mustang Voices Mixed Chorale [text] [YouTube]


Celebrate the Feast of the Ascension by listening to Olivier Messiaen, L'Ascension.

L'Ascension ("The Ascension") is a piece for orchestra, composed by Olivier Messiaen in 1932-33. Messiaen described it as "4 meditations for orchestra."

The orchestral piece is in four brief sections:
  1. Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père ("The majesty of Christ demanding its glory of the Father")
  2. Alleluias sereins d’une âme qui désire le ciel ("Serene alleluias of a soul that longs for heaven")
  3. Alleluia sur la trompette, alleluia sur la cymbale ("Alleluia on the trumpet, alleluia on the cymbal")
  4. Prière du Christ montant vers son Père ("Prayer of Christ ascending towards his Father")
A complete performance takes around 27 minutes.

Olivier Messiaen: L'Ascension, Four meditations for orchestra:

Performance of Leopold Stowkowski and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra [Grooveshark]

Performance of l'Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille, Myung-Wung Chung conducting [musicMe]

Organ version:

In 1933-34, Messiaen made a version for solo organ. The first, second and fourth movements are arrangements of the orchestral pieces, but Messiaen composed a new third movement, Transports de joie d'une âme devant la gloire du Christ qui est la sienne ("Ecstasies of a soul before the glory of Christ, which is its own glory"), usually just known asTransports de joie

Olivier Messiaen, L'Ascension, Four meditations for organ:

Click on the name to go to performances by CharlesKrigbaum, Hans-Ola Ericsson, Thomas Trotter and Olivier Latry.


The music of Hans Leo Hassler is featured this coming Sunday and on the Feast of the Ascension.  Click to go to a selection of Hassler's music.


Theodore Baierl, The Ascension, private collection, c.1918

Click to go to music for the Ascension composed by Palestrina, Gowers and Finzi.

Click to go to the Introit (Viri Galilaei) for the Mass of the Ascension in Gregorian Chant.

Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Easter Cycle, Op. 56: Nos. 22 qnd 23

Mass of the 5th Sunday after Easter:

Prelude for the Introit [YouTube]
Offertory  [YouTube]  
Elevation [YouTube]  
Communion [YouTube]  
Grave, Fugue Libre and Postlude  [YouTube]

Mass of the Feast of the Ascension

Prelude for the Introit [YouTube]
Offertory  [YouTube]
Elevation [YouTube]
Communion [YouTube]  
Paraphrases on a Choral  [YouTube]

Click for the entire performance of L'Orgue mystique byGeorges Delvallée.

Click to go to Bach Cantatas for Online Listening.

The Ascension - Benjamin West
Benjamin West, Ascension, 1801

Bach Cantatas for Rogate (6th Sunday of Easter):

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch /Truly, truly, I say to you, Cantata 86, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt,  Leusink andRilling.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Bisher habt ihr nichts gebeten in meinem Namen / Until now you have asked nothing in my name, Cantata 87, with performances by Harnoncourt and Leusink.

Bach Cantatas for the Ascension:

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen / Praise God in his kingdoms, Cantata 11,with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Leusink ,Parrott and Richter.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Wer da gläubet und getauft wird /Whoever believes and is baptised, Cantata 37, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Koopmanand Leusink.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen / God ascends with shouts of joy, Cantata 43,with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe,Koopman, Leusink and Suzuki.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein / On Christ's ascension [journey to heaven] alone, Cantata 128, with performances by Gardiner,Leonhardt and Leusink.