June 14, 2015

Samuel anoints David(detail), Dura-Europos Synagogue, Syria, c. 250.jpg

Samuel anoints David(detail), Dura-Europos Synagogue, Syria, c. 250

Then Samuel took the horn of oil,
and anointed him in the presence of his brothers;
and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.
Samuel then set out and went to Ramah [NRSV, 1 Samuel 16:13].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
Third Sunday after Pentecost

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Music by Cristóbal de Morales is featured at this Sunday’s Eucharists.

Cristóbal de Morales, Missa Queramus cum pastoribus

Performed by the Choir of Westminster Cathedral
 James O'Donnell conducting

This disc available in its entirety for free online listening to anyone with library access to the Classical Music Library. Check with your librarian. Card-holders of the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, Montreal, who are ready to open their dossiers (record) when prompted, need only click on [CML] to go to the complete recording where choice of individual selections may be made. This disc is not available through the Bibliothèques de Montréal.

Click to see if this disc is ready to borrow from the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, Montreal.

Click to read about Cristóbal de Morales in Wikipedia

Click to open the sleeve notes written by John Milsom with complete Latin texts and English translations.

Queramus cum pastoribus, upon which Morales based his Mass, is a 16th-century motet composed by Jean Mouton (not by Morales himself as wrongly indicated by the Classical Music Library). 

Queramus cum pastoribus

Queramus cum pastoribus verbum incarnatum,
Let us, with the shepherds, seek the incarnate word,
cantemus cum hominibus regi seculorum: Noe, noe.
let us sing with all mankind to the king of the ages: Nowell, nowell.
Quem tu vides in stabulo? Jesum natum de vergine.
Whom do you see in the stable? Jesus born of a virgin.
Quid audis in pr’sepio?
What do you hear in the stall?
Angelorum carmina et pastores dicentes: Noe, noe.
The songs of the angels and the shepherds saying: Nowell, nowell.
Ubi pascas, ubi cubes?
How are you fed, and where do you lie?
Dic si ploras aut si rides; te rogamus Rex Christe: Noe, noe.
Say if you weep or smile; we ask you, Christ our King: Nowell, nowell.
Cibus est lac virgineum, lectus durum pr’sepium,
My food is the milk of a virgin, my bed a hard manger,
carmina sunt lachrymae: Noe, noe.
the only song my tears: Nowell, nowell.

Missa Queramus cum pastoribus


Evensong this Sunday will be sung by the Choir of St. Mark’s School of Texas.  Here is some of their music performed on YouTube.

"Benedictus" and "Agnus Dei" [YouTube]

"The Cat Duet" [YouTube]

Shosholoza, as performed by the Drakensberg Boys Choir & St Mark's School Choir [YouTube

MCC performing in South Africa along with the Kennsington Girls Choir and the St. Marks School of Texas Boys Choir performing a traditional South African song! [YouTube]

St. Mark's School of TX Choir and Tinsley Silcox, Choirmaster, sing the National Anthem [YouTube]

"Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing" (Howells) [YouTube]

D. Gawthrop's "My Cathedral" [YouTube]


Click to go to the Free Organ Recitals at St. James United Church, Montreal, for the Summer 2015 (Tuesdays at 12:30pm).


Chartres organ

Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique, does not have a selection for the Third Sunday after Pentecost.  Listen instead to his improvisation of Victimae paschali laudes, transcribed by Maurice Duruflé, performed by Philippe Lefevre at the 1971 Danion-Gonzalez / 1996 Cicchero organ of Chartres Cathedral. (YouTube)


Click to go to Bach Cantatas for Online Listening.

Peter Breugel, Peasant Wedding, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, c. 1567

Bach Cantatas for the Second Sunday after Trinity:

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein / Ah God, look down from heaven,
Cantata 2, with performances by Harnoncourt and Leusink.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes / The heavens declare the glory of God,Cantata 76, with performances by Harnoncourt, Leusink, Richter, Rilling and Scherchen.