Heinrich Schütz: Musikalische Exequien (opening section)
The Marian Consort

Naked came I out of my mother‘s womb, naked shall I return. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. Lord God, Father in heaven, have mercy upon us! Christ is my life and to die is gain. Look, this is the Lamb of God, which carries the sin of the world. Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon us!

Byrd: Domine, praestolamur
The Marian Consort

Domine, praestolamur adventum tuum, ut cito venias, et dissolvas jugum captivitatem nostrae. Veni, Domine, noli tardare, relaxa facinora plebi tuae, et libera populum tuum.
O Lord, we await thy coming, that thou comest quickly and dissolvest the bonds of our captivity. Come, O Lord, and tarry not: forgive the misdeeds of thy servants, and deliver thy people.

The Marian Consort, directed by Rory McCleery
Caroline Halls, soprano
Sarah Anne Champion, alto
Rory McCleery, alto, director
Will Wright, tenor
Jon Stainsby, bass

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Purcell: Thou Knows Lord the Secrets of Our Hearts
Les Arts Florissants; Paul Agnew, Director

Giovanni Croce: Buccinate in Neomenia Tuba

Blow the trumpet when the moon is new, at the sign of your solemn feast day. Alleluia.
With a voice of rejoicing, with the sound of the trumpet, rejoice in the Lord our help. Alleluia.

Let us rejoice/Rejoice in God with strings and organ, with drum and in chorus.
Sing and rejoice and sing psalms as well as you know how.

A Facebook post by pianist Martin Hybler brought this YouTube video to my attention.


Vilém Veverka TRIOplus

Vilém Veverka – Oboe solo
Martin Hybler – Piano Nord
Ond?ej Štajnochr – Double bass
Tomáš Hobzek – Drums

Composed by Martin Hybler

Camera: Julian Veverica
Sound engineer: Ond?ej Urban
Executive producer: Vilém Veverka

… and Happy New Year!

Stephen Paulus; Pilgrim’s Hymn
The Minnesota State University Mankato Chamber Singers; Elizabeth Cherland, Conductor

Pilgrims’ Hymn (Lyrics by Michael Dennis Browne)

Even before we call on Your name
To ask You, O God,
When we seek for the words to glorify You,
You hear our prayer;
Unceasing love, O unceasing love,
Surpassing all we know.

Glory to the Father,
and to the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.

Even with darkness sealing us in,
We breathe Your name,
And through all the days that follow so fast,
We trust in You;
Endless Your grace, O endless Your grace,
Beyond all mortal dream.

Both now and forever,
And unto ages and ages,

Alexander Campkin: The Crimson Sun

(I like to turn my volume up for this one … the “Gloria in excelsis Deo” is just so gorgeous!)

When the crimson sun had set
Low behind the wintry sea,
On the bright and cold midnight
Burst a sound of heavenly glee:

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Where the manger crib is laid,
In the city fair and free,
Hand in hand, this shepherds band
Worship Christ on bended knee.

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Join with us in welcome song,
Ye who in Christ’s Home abide,
Sing the Love of God above,
Shown at happy Christmas-tide.

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Rev George P Grantham (1833-1909)

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Penelope Appleyard
Clare Stewart
Joshua Cooter
Oliver Martin-Smith
Greg Link

Merry Christmas!

A King’s Christmas, 2019
University of King’s College Chapel Choir; Paul Halley, Director

As I’m sure most people know, the words are from the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Christmas Bells”.

Doxology Vocal Ensemble || www.sbts.edu/doxology
Arranged by Cliff Duren

Have you ever heard of the National Open Youth Orchestra? I hadn’t. Until yesterday. I was listening to a work by the computer Alexander Campkin, a name new to me as well, so I looked him up and learned about this group. Direct from the YouTube page is an explanation of the group:

The National Open Youth Orchestra is the world’s first disabled-led national youth ensemble. It’s a pioneering orchestra where 11-25 year-old talented young disabled musicians and non-disabled musicians rehearse and perform together.

And I’m so very moved and uplifted. So many get told they can’t play an instrument because of a disability. I had a student that, had her parents told me about her issue prior to teaching, I would have turned away (shame on me!). I just didn’t see how she could manage an embouchure when I first met her, but not willing to say something when she arrived at my door we just began lessons. (Never did her parents tell me anything about it, and only when she was with me for a number of years did I feel she and I were comfortable enough with each other to talk about it.)

That student ended up being a very good oboist. Her disability didn’t hinder her … she just formed her embouchure a bit differently.

Don’t tell a student they can’t do something until you know it is absolutely impossible. Even then, perhaps don’t say it: let them figure things out! Young people can do amazing things!

Here the composer talks about his own situation and the work:

And here is the work: