Christmas 7: Rejoice in your new clothes

2017 is almost over, and today we have two choral pieces to conclude our year with, one early, one modern, both settings of one of the readings for the first Sunday after Christmas, Isaiah 61:10-62:4. The first is the delightfully joyous “Gaudens Gaudebo in Domino” by the 16th century German composer Philip Dulchius. The textContinue reading “Christmas 7: Rejoice in your new clothes”

Christmas 6: Nunc Dimittis

The story of Simeon has given the church one of its oldest hymns, called the “Nunc Dimittis”, after the first two Latin words of the song: “Now dismiss…” There have been many musical versions of Simeon’s song, but today’s poem takes as its inspiration a modern setting by the living Swiss composer Carl Rütti. Rütti’sContinue reading “Christmas 6: Nunc Dimittis”

The Lord’s Prayer (Cornucopia of Heaven)

The Lord’s Prayer After Otto Nicolai, “Pater noster, Op. 33”  Our Father – the heavens are Your home, earth Your tent,          and yet            You are a Father.           Teach our fickle hearts,       our yelling hearts,            to still, to stop to look upon               Your glory, high                                and lifted up. Our Father who         our FatherContinue reading “The Lord’s Prayer (Cornucopia of Heaven)”

Assurance (Cornucopia of Heaven)

Assurance After Giovanni Gabrieli, “Exultavit Cor Meum”   From depths,             from brokenness, the trumpet sounds, the trumpet                         sounds the new,             it sounds the dawn                         of low made high.                                     Exalt, my heart!             My heart exalts.                         My eyes will see,                                     my ears will hearContinue reading “Assurance (Cornucopia of Heaven)”

Kyrie (Cornucopia of Heaven)

Kyrie After Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, “Missa Papae Marcelli: Kyrie”   From earth, from soil, from hearts, from fractures              Kyrie               Kyrie From death, from fire, from quake, from anguish                           Kyrie               Kyrie From drought that blocks, from self that locks                        Kyrie eleison From sin, from toil, from pride, from hate             Christe             Christe FromContinue reading “Kyrie (Cornucopia of Heaven)”