July 17, 2016

The Hospitality of Abraham, Duomo di Monreale, Sicily, 12th cent.

Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.  They said to him, "Where is your wife Sarah?" And he said, "There, in the tent."  Then one said, "I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son  [NRSV, Genesis 18:8-10a]."
Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

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2) The Concert Calendar: L’Oasis musicale

The motets at both Eucharists this coming Sunday are by William Byrd.

William Byrd

Click to read about William Byrd in Wikipedia.   [BNQ]  

 "In 1593 he [William Byrd] moved with his family to the small village ofStondon Massey in Essex, and spent the remaining thirty years of his life there, devoting himself more and more to music for the Roman liturgy. He published his three settings of the Mass Ordinary between 1592 and 1595, and followed them in 1605 and 1607 with his two books of Gradualia, an elaborate year-long musical cycle."  --- Wikipedia on William Byrd.

Click to hear Byrd's Masses, the Great Service and motets sung by The Tallis ScholarsPeter Phillips conducting.

Click to see and hear the Tallis Scholars sing Byrd's Vigilate.

Click to hear the Mass for Four Voices performed by the King's Singers  from their disc "1605 Treason and Dischord: William Byrd and the Gunpowder Plot." 

(To follow the text of the Mass settings in Latin with an English translation while listening, click on the musical selection, then minimize the player, then right-click here, then left-click on "Open in New Window.")

Click to hear Byrd, Mass for Four Voices, sung by L'Ensemble vocal Pythagore, in 1995 in Auxerre, Géraldine Toutain conducting.

Click to hear Byrd, Mass for Four Voices (KyrieGloriaCredoSanctus,BenedictusAgnus Dei) performed by Clerestory at their inaugural concert, October 2006.

The Virtual Byrd Choir is the sacred music unit of the Virtual WilbyeConsort.  Both activities, founded in Tokyo in 2001, rely on one Japanese male voice.

Click to hear Byrd, Mass for Four Voices (KyrieGloria, CredoSanctus,BenedictusAgnus Dei), performed by the Virtual Byrd Choir.

Click to hear Byrd, Mass for Three Voices (KyrieGloriaCredoSanctus,BenedictusAgnus Dei), performed by the Virtual Byrd Choir.

Click to hear Byrd, Mass for Five Voices (KyrieGloriaCredoSanctus,BenedictusAgnus Dei), performed by the Virtual Byrd Choir.

 Click to watch and hear Byrd, Mass for Four Voices, performed by the Vassar College ChoirChristine Howlett directing.

Click to see and hear Simone Stella plays a "Galiarda" by William Byrd from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.

Click to see and hear Glenn Gould play Byrd'Galliard No. 6.

Click to hear Byrd's Bells from the Fitwilliam Virginal Book.

Click to hear Byrd, Ave Verum Corpus (text), performed by the Cambridge Singers, John Rutter conducting.

To hear, Byrd, O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth (text), performed by the men's voices of the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Barry Rose conducting, in the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, click here, the click on "Part I," then hold bar and slide to 19:45 (19 minutes and 45 seconds).

To hear, Byrd, Psalm 150: Laudibus in Sanctis (text), performed by theChoir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Barry Rose conducting, in theBasilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, click here, the click on "Part I," then hold bar and slide to 23:19 (23 minutes and 19 seconds).


Click to go to the Free Organ Recitals at St. James United Church, Montreal, for the Summer 2015 (Tuesdays at 12:30 pm) and the Church of Saint Andrew and Saint Paul (Thursday at 12:15 pm).


Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Cycle after Pentecost, Op. 56, No. 34

Mass of the 9th Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude for the Introit [YouTube]
Offertory  [YouTube]
Elevation [YouTube]
Communion [YouTube]
Supplication and Modal Fugue  [YouTube]

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

Bach Cantatas for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity:

Alexander Master, Jesus heals the crippled woman; The parable of the barren fig-tree, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, 1430

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch / You have been told, mankind, Cantata 45, with performances by Leonhardt, Leusink, Richter and Rilling.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz / Search me, God, and know my heart, Cantata 136, with performances by Gardiner,Harnoncourt,  Koopman, Leusink,  Suzuki and Rilling.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält / If the Lord God does not stay with us,Cantata 178, with performances by Harnoncourt, Leusink,Richter and Rilling.