September 28, 2014

Julia Margaret Cameron, Study of King David, Albumen Print, 1866
Then David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly; David said: ‘Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, for ever and ever[NRSV, 1 Chronicles 29:10].

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 28, 2014

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Every Year the Province of Quebec, on the last weekend of September, sponsors Les Journées de la culture, this year on Friday through Sunday, September 26-28.

Christ Church Cathedral is participating with numerous activities.  All are free but donations are always welcome.

Scan down for musical activities at the Cathedral.  Click here for a complete list of Cathedral activities.

Friday, September 26, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm; 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  Organ demonstration and Workshop

Wilhelm organ.jpgDiscover the magnificent Karl Wilhelm organ with a demonstration by internationally renowned organist Patrick Wedd assisted by Adrian Foster and Alex Ross, as well as an opportunity to play the instrument yourself.

Friday, September 26, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm:  Liturgical Dance Workshop

liturgical dance.jpegMovement and dance workshop with former English National Ballet dancer, Rosemary Cass-Beggs. The workshop is inspired by JS Bach's Arioso and will feature live accompaniment by flute and harpsichord.

Friday, September 26, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Gregorian Chant Workshop

Gregorian Chant.jpgImmerse yourself in the music of the monks with a workshop and demonstration of Gregorian chant, practised in the Christian Church for over 1000 years.

Friday, September 26. 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Hand bell ringing workshop

hand bells.jpgTry your hand at the Anglican practice of ringing changes (peals) on handbells and hear a demonstration by the cathedral bell-ringing ensemble, led by The Very Reverend Paul Kennington, Dean of Montreal.

Saturday, September 27, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm:  Concert of favorite religious music

ReligiousMusic.jpgSit back and enjoy a wonderful concert of well-known religious works played on the organ and sung by our celebrated Cathedral Choir. Join in some of your favourite spirituals and hymns.

Sunday, September 28, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm:  Choral Evensong with the Cathedral Choirs

Evensong.jpgExperience the fine Anglican Choral tradition, a jewel of the Anglican church dating back to the Reformation of 1549. Listen to sublime music and join with the Cathedral choir to sing hymns. Join us afterwards for English Tea on the Cathedral Lawn!


This coming Sunday the postlude for the 12h45 Eucharistie chantée is BWV 560.
The Eight Short Preludes and Fugues, BWV 553-560, 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.
These pieces came to be played often on the organ in the 19th and 20th centuries, and were especially useful as teaching pieces for beginners. Subsequent scholarship by Speerstra, Vogel and others has suggested that this collection was conceived specifically for the pedal clavichord, thereby making the stylistic claim of inauthenticity far less tenable. Several elements of the pieces, including the rolling of large chords, octave doublings and repeated notes, and the patterns of movement of the fingers and feet, the rhythm, and overall texture are idiomatic on the clavichord but make little sense on the organ.
These works continue to be performed frequently in Christian churches because of their short length (about 3 minutes each) and ease of performance compared to preludes and fugues attributed with greater certainty to J.S. Bach.
The alternate English title, "Eight Little Preludes and Fugues" ("Huit Petits" in French) is also common. (Wikipedia)
Click to go to the Eight Little Preludes and Fugues played on a virtual organ.


Nicholas Stone the Elder, Orlando Gibbons, Canterbury Cathedral, 1626

The music of Orlando Gibbons is featured at evensong this coming Sunday.

The Complete keyboard works of Orlando Gibbons performed by Daniel-Ben Pienaar:

YouTube : 01 - Fantasia MB10
YouTube : 02 - Pavan MB17
YouTube : 03 - Galliard MB24
YouTube : 04 - Ground MB26
YouTube : 05 - Mask The Fairest nymph MB43
YouTube : 06 - Fantasia MB14
YouTube : 07 - Alman MB35
YouTube : 08 - Galliard MB25
YouTube : 09 - Ground (The Italian ground) MB27
YouTube : 10 - Mask (Lincoln's Inn Mask) MB44
YouTube : 11 - Prelude MB2
YouTube : 12 - Alman MB37
YouTube : 13 - Alman MB36
YouTube : 14 - Fantasia MB6
YouTube : 15 - Fantasia MB5
YouTube : 16 - Galliard (Lady Hutton) MB20
YouTube : 17 - Galliard MB23
YouTube : 18 - Galliard MB21
YouTube : 19 - Fantasia MB9
YouTube : 20 - Pavan MB16
YouTube : 21 - Ground (Whoop do me no harm, good man) MB31
YouTube : 22 - Ground (Peascod time, or, The hunt's up) MB30
YouTube : 23 - Fantasia MB7
YouTube : 24 - Alman MB33
YouTube : 25 - Coranto (French Coranto) MB38
YouTube : 26 - Coranto MB39
YouTube : 27 - Mask (Welcome home) MB42
YouTube : 28 - Prelude MB1
YouTube : 29 - Versus MB4
YouTube : 30 - Fantasia MB11
YouTube : 31 - Alman MB34
YouTube : 32 - Coranzo MB40
YouTube : 33 - Fanasia MB13
YouTube : 34 - Mask (The temple mask) MB45
YouTube : 35 - Ground (The Queen's command) MB28
YouTube : 36 - Ground (The woods so wild) MB29
YouTube : 37 - French Air MB32
YouTube : 38 - Prelude MB3
YouTube : 39 - Fantasia MB8
YouTube : 40 - Pavan MB15
YouTube : 41 - Galliard MB22
YouTube : 42 - Mask (Nann's mask, or, French Alman) MB41
YouTube : 43 - Pavan (Lord Salisbury) MB18
YouTube : 44 - Galliard (Lord Salisbury) MB19
YouTube : 45 - Fantasia MB12

Access to a James Johnstone recording for free online listening of Orlando Gibbons keyboard music [musicMe]

Review by David Vernier,
1. Pavane and Galliard "Lord Salisbury"     (Harpsichord)    
2. Preludes (4) for Keyboard: no 4 in A minor (Virginal)
3. Ground for Keyboard "Italian" (Harpsichord)
4. Whoop, do me no harm, good man (Virginal)
5. Ground for Keyboard in A minor (Virginal)                    
6. Fantasias (10) for Keyboard: Fantasia no 10 in C major (Harpsichord)             
7. The King's jewel (Virginal)                            
8. Galliard for Keyboard, MB 20 no 25 (Harpsichord)  
9. Pavane no 16 in G minor (Harpsichord)                         
10. Fantasias (10) for Keyboard: Fantasia no 4 in D minor(Harpsichord)             
11. Fantasias (10) for Keyboard: Fantasia no 2 in D minor(Harpsichord)             
12. Alman for Keyboard, MB 20 no 32 "French Ayre"(Harpsichord)    
13. Mask "Welcome home" (Virginal)                           
14. Fantasias (10) for Keyboard: Fantasia no 7 in A minor(Virginal)
15. Pavan for Keyboard, MB 20 no 15 (Harpsichord)  
16. Galliard for Keyboard, MB 20 no 21 (Harpsichord)
17. The fairest nymph (Harpsichord)                            
18. Pavan for Keyboard, MB 20 no 17 (Harpsichord)  
19. Galliard for Keyboard, MB 20 no 24  (Harpsichord)   
20. Fantasias (10) for Keyboard: Fantasia no 1 in D minor(Harpsichord)            
21. Fantasias (10) for Keyboard: Fantasia no 5 in G minor(Harpsichord)
Click to go to a playlist of 191 recordings of Orlando Gibbons vocals on YouTube.

Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Cycle after Pentecost, Op. 56: No. 42 and 43.

Mass of the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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

Mass of the 16th Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude for the Introit [YouTube]
Offertory  [YouTube]
Elevation [YouTube]
Communion [YouTube]
Alleluiatic Choral No.1  [YouTube]
Click for the entire performance of L'Orgue mystique byGeorges Delvallée.


Click to go to Bach Cantatas for Online Listening.

Maître Francois, God's Providence, Koninklijke Biblio theek, The Hague, 1475-80
Bach Cantatas for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! / Shout for joy to God in every land!,Cantata 51, with performances by Gardiner, Gellhorn, Haïm, Huggett, Leusink, Masur, Richter, Schreier andThomas.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan / What God does, that is done well, Cantata 99, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Leusink, Rifkin, and Rilling.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan (III) / What God does, that is done well,Cantata 100, with performances by Gardiner, Koopman, Leonhardt, Leusink, Richter, and Rilling.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz? / Why do you cause distress to yourself, my heart?, Cantata 138, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Leusink, and Suzuki.