January 3 and 6, 2016

Rogier van der Weyden, The Advent of Christ, Bladelin Triptych, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, 1445-50.jpg
Rogier van der Weyden, The Advent of Christ, Bladelin Triptych, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, 1445-50

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
January 3 and 6, 2016

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Prepare by listening free online:

Suite pour Flute et Piano [YouTube], Charles-Marie Widor, 1844-1937                  

Trois pièces pour violoncelle et piano [YouTube], Nadia  Boulanger, 1887-1979   

Sonate pour violoncelle et piano [YouTube], Claude Debussy, 1862-1918             

Trio en E mineur, op 45 [YouTube], Louise Farrenc, 1804-75           

On the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6,  immediately following the 12:15 pm Eucharist, Patrick Wedd will perform at the 1980 Wilhelm organ the following programme (Admission free):

Einige canonische Veränderungen über das Wienachtslied “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her”, BWV 769a
      Canon all’ottava
      Canon alla quinta
      Canon all settima
      Canon per augmentationem
      Canto fermo in canone
[Kibbie: listen], Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Les Mages (La Nativité du Seigneur) [Bate: musicMe], Olivier Messiaen (1908-92)

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223 [Bardon: musicMe], Dietrich Buxtehude(1637-1707)

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern [YouTube], Joseph Ahrens (1904-97)


Marcel Dupré
Stella ista, the prelude for both Eucharists this coming Sunday, is the fifth of Six Antiennes pour le temps de Noël, Op. 48 (Six Antiphons for the Christmas Season) composed by Marcel Dupré in 1952.
Ecce Dominus veniet, et omnes sancti ejus cum eo: et erit in die illa lux magna, alleluia  / Lo the Lord shall come, and all his saints with him: and there shall be on that day great light, alleluia. (1st Sunday Advent)
Omnipotens sermo tuus, domine, a regalibus sedibus veniet, Alleluia. / Thy all-powerful word, Lord, shall come from the abodes of kings, alleluia.  (4th Sunday Advent)
Tecum principium, in die virtutis tuae in splendoribus sanctorum, ex utero ante luciferum genuit te. / Thine is the princedom in the day of thy virtue, amid the splendours of the saints, from the womb before dawn I engendered thee. (Christmas Day)
Germinavit radix Jesse: orta est stella ex Jacob: Virgo peperit Salvatorem:  te laudamus, Deus noster. / The root of Jesse has had seed: the star of Jacob has risen: the virgin has brought forth the Saviour: we praise thee, our God. (Circumcision)
Stella ista sicut flamma coruscate, et Regem Regum Deum demonstrat: Magi eam viderunt et magno Regi munera obtulerunt. / That star shines as a flame, and shows God, the King of Kings: wise men saw it and offered gifts to the great king. (Epiphany)
Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel. / A light to lighten the gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.  (Presentation)
Click to hear Marcel Dupré,  6 Antiennes pour le Temps de Noél, Opus 48, performed by Ben van Oosten at the 1915 Casavant Frères organ of the Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal.  Michael Barone of Pipedreams gives a brief commentary after the first antiphon.
Performance of 6 Antiennes pour le temps de Noël by the composer [BNQ; BM] (info)
Marcel Dupré improvises on Lumen Ad Revelationem. Recorded in concert February 2, 1964 at the organ of Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse. [YouTube]

Marcel Dupré, Lumen ad revelationem, performed by Rick Berg at the organ of Notre Dame Cathedral, Dax, France [YouTube]

                 Sassetta, Star from Journey of the Magi, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1435

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern / How brightly shines the Morning Star in both chorale and organ versions is very popular around the Feast of Epiphany.  Click to read about it and have access to numerous online versions.


 Click to go to Bach Cantatas for Online Listening.

  Rembrandt van Rijn, Flight into Egypt, Musée des Beaux-Arts Tour, 1627

Bach Cantatas for the Sunday after New Year's:

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid / Ah God, how many a heartache,Cantata 58, with performances by Harnoncourt, Leusink,Richter, Rilling, and Suzuki.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind / Behold, dear God, how my enemies,Cantata 153, with performances by Belder, Harnoncourt,Leusink and Rilling.

Fray Nicolás Borrás, The Adoration of the Magi, Private Collection, 1570s

Bach Cantatas for Epiphany:

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen / They will all come from Sheba,Cantata 65, with performances by Biller, Harnoncourt,Leusink, McCreesh and Richter.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen / Dearest Immanuel, leader of the righteous, Cantata 123, with performances byHarnoncourt, Leusink, Milnes,  Rilling, and Suzuki.


Filippo Lippi and Workshop, The Nativity, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., c. 1445
Online performances of Johann Sebastian Bach, Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, with versions conducted by Georg Christoph Biller / Riccardo Chailly / Diego Fasolis / Gardiner (1st recording) / Herreweghe /Phillip Ledger / Karl Münchinger) Click on desired Cantata.

Cantata I for the 1st Day of Christmas

Cantata II for the 2nd Day of Christmas

Cantata III for the 3rd Day of Christmas

Cantata IV for New Year's Day

Cantata V for the Sunday after New Year

Cantata VI for the Feast of Epiphany

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists in a video performance ofBach's Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Soprano: Claron McFadden; Alto:Bernarda Fink; Tenor: Christoph Genz; Bass: DietrichHenschel. [YouTube]
Nicholas Harnoncourt conducts the Concentus Musicus Wien and soloists of the Tolzer Knabenchor, Chorusmaster: Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden; Peter Schreier - Tenor, Robert Holl - Bass.
Cantata 1-3 [YouTube]; Cantata 4-6 [YouTube]
Click for text and translation from Hyperion Records.  Begins page 7.


Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Nativity Cycle, Op. 56: No. 7.
Mass of the Feast of the Epiphany
Prelude for the Introit [YouTube]
Offertory  [YouTube]
Elevation [YouTube]
Communion [YouTube]
Fantasy  [YouTube]
Click for the entire performance of L'Orgue mystique by Georges Delvallée.