John August Pamintuan: Nativitas
SYC Ensemble Singers; guest conductor Jonathan Velasco

Of the Father’s heart begotten, ere the world from chaos rose,
He is Alpha, from that Fountain all that is and hath been flows;
He is Omega, of all things yet to come the mystic Close.

By his Word was all created; He commands and lo! ’tis done;
Earth and sky boundless ocean, universe of Three in One,
All that sees the moon’s soft radiance, all that breathes beneath the sun.

O how blest that wondrous birthday, when the Maid the curse retrieved,
Brought to birth mankind’s salvation, by the Holy Ghost conceived;
And the sacred Babe, Redeemer of the world, her arms receive.

Sing, ye heights of heaven, His praises; angels and archangels sing!

2 Comments

  1. HI Patricia,

    I love this. I am googling like crazy but don’t get much. Who is John Pamintuan? What with the Far Eastern connection? I have plastered it over my FB page and Pinterest. Thank you so much for posting this. My husband (Paul) and I, although waffling between atheism and agnosticism, are great lovers of sacred music. Go figure, right? Actually you could say music is our religion and doesn’t the universe vibrate and create its own music, and perhaps that, is, religion, or faith/fate…

    Sorry, I digested, ha ha

    Love your photographs, always, and those of your husband’s.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours! Réni&Paul

  2. Hello Réni,

    Thanks so much for your comment! I appreciate it very much, and your kind words really made my heart happy! :-)

    John Pamintuan is a Filipino composer. This is from his website (www.johnpamintuan.com/gallery.html):

    “John August Pamintuan is a renowned Philippine conductor, composer, singer, clinician, and adjudicator. Since 2007, John is recognized by the American Federation of Musicians as an artist of sustained international acclaim, and since 2012 has been a member of the World Choir Council.

    As a conductor he has given workshops, performed in concerts, and won in competitions in Asia, Europe, and North America. As a singer, he has sung in solo recitals at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and Moscow Glinka Hall. As a composer, John was awarded the composition prize in Tours (France), Tokyo (Japan) and has written commissioned works for the governments of Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, Lithuania, and the Philippines. He has composed over 450 pieces which have been performed by choirs from 30 countries.

    In the last couple of years, John has been invited in the jury of international choir competitions in Vietnam, Cincinnati, Takarazuka Japan, Rimini Italy, Singapore, Hyogo Japan, Riga Latvia, and Karuizawa Japan. He is also a member of the panel of adjudicators for composition contests in Croatia (2011, 2012, 2014), International Federation for Choral Music (2013), and Karuizawa Japan (2015).”