29. January 2017 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

James Blycharz: Piesn o Sludze Panskim (Song of the Servant of the Lord)
Words from the book of Isaiah, chapter 53
Soprano: Katarzyna Firsowicz, Marta Furmanek, Elzbieta Gracz, Magdalena Kozlowska
Alto: Anna Groborz, Katarzyna Moskiewicz, Krystyna Potoczna, Agnieszka Wójcik
Tenor: Piotr Frankowski, Piotr Iwanski, Marek Nowak
Bass: Maciej Firsowicz, Krzysztof Groborz, Ermanno Martini, Stanislaw Wozny
Arkadiusza Kozlowskiego, Conductor

Ref. Arise, O Lord, save me, my God, the power fill my heart.

Who hath believed our report?
On whom is the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before us like a sapling
and as a root out of dry ground.

He had no grace or majesty,
to look at him;
despised and rejected by men;
he had no appearance that we would have liked.

A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces;
he was despised, that we had him for nothing,
stricken that we recognize Him.

Surely he has borne our griefs
He carried our sorrows,
He was wounded for our transgressions,
and crushed for our iniquities.

The chastisement that made us fell upon him,
and with his stripes we are healed;
we have all gone astray like sheep;
each of us has turned to his own way.

The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
but he himself gave oppress, when he was tortured;
like a lamb to the slaughter,
like a sheep silent his mouth did not open.

Though he had done no harm
and in his mouth a lie never came
It pleased the Lord to crush him with suffering.
by the will of the Lord was fulfilled by Him.

29. January 2017 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music Bonus · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

… because it’s necessary:

What Does the Lord Require
Alfred F. Bayly

What does the Lord require
for praise and offering?
What sacrifice, desire
or tribute did you bring?
Do justly,
love mercy,
walk humbly with your God.

Rulers of earth, give ear!
Should you not justice know?
Will God your pleading hear
while crime and cruelty grow?
Do justly,
love mercy,
walk humbly with your God.

Still down the ages ring
the prophet’s stern commands:
to merchant, worker, king,
he brings God’s high commands:
do justly,
love mercy,
walk humbly with your God.

How shall our life fulfill
God’s law so hard and high?
Let Christ endue our will
with grace to fortify.
Then justly,
in mercy,
we’ll humbly walk with God.

29. January 2017 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen
Maria Magdalena Chamber Choir; Mats Nilsson, Conductor

27. January 2017 · Comments Off on Goodnight · Categories: Listen

Performed by Sofia Chamber Choir from Stockholm. In Sofia Kyrka, October 2015.
Music by Josef Rheinberger. A part of the “3 Geistliche Gesänge”.

Bide with us, for evening shadows darken, and the day will soon be over.

26. January 2017 · Comments Off on Name That Tune · Categories: Read Online

I just found this online:

The form of the music is AABA
The music begins with a woodwind section, with a distinct oboe. A
Then the same melody is played solely by a french horn. A
Then comes the string section playing a different melody in a minor key. B
The strings then play the original melody. A
This AABA continues twice more with the strings, adding more bass and a timpani towards the end.
I’ve been listening to snippets of bunch of Handel pieces, but can’t find it, does anybody have an idea?

I laughed. I said, “Yeah, right.”

And then I scrolled down.

Someone WAS able to identify the work.

Okay, I’m humbled.

25. January 2017 · Comments Off on A Breather … · Categories: Opera

I just read on Twitter that Eugene Opera is taking “a breather”.

I do hope it’s not a last gasp.

This is the thing: the arts are struggling in the United States. Now, with someone cutting funding in nearly every way he can, they will struggle more.

Give when you can. Give more than you have in the past. Attend concerts. Attend operas. Attend the ballet. Go to your local museums. Support the arts. And write. Let the government know you care about such things.


24. January 2017 · Comments Off on Okay … Maybe Something Lighter?! · Categories: Listen

Renaissance Music with Le Banquet du Roy

24. January 2017 · Comments Off on So how are YOU feeling tonight? · Categories: Listen

This work kind of gives you a few choices ….

You’ll only know why I write that if you listen.

(Second movement of Arvo Pärts Collage B-A-C-H. Norwegian Chamber Orchestra)

23. January 2017 · Comments Off on James MacMillan’s Intercession · Categories: Listen, Oboe

Bravi tutti!

James MacMillan ‘Intercession’ for 3 oboes performed at St. Andrews Church in Holborn, London for BBC Music Magazine

Performed by Nicholas Daniel, James Turnbull and Jennifer Brittlebank

Director: Ben Crocker
Director of Photography: Sam Bebbington
Sound: John Wayre

23. January 2017 · Comments Off on A New Site Of Interest · Categories: Links

My friend and oboe colleague, Michael Adduci, has set up a new site! Check it out. You’ll find some great information, including a lot about music theory. WELL worth a look and another look and another ….