December 28, 2008

Hans Memling, Presentation, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1463

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (NRSV, Luke 2:22).

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
Peter Butler, organist; The Cathedral Singers Quartet

Prelude: Noëls, Various Composers

Resonet in laudibus [listen]
Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Mass Setting: Missa octavi toni (Missa venatorum) [CML: listen], Orlande de Lassus

Motet: There is no rose of such virtue [text] [CML: listen], John Joubert (b.1927) [NML] [CML]

Postlude: Fugue in C [listen], BWV 545, Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

December 24/25, 2008

Domenico Ghirlandaio, Nativity, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, c. 1492
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (NRSV, Luke 2:7).

The Nativity of Our Lord [Comments]

4:00 pm: A Festival of Lessons and Carols
The Cathedral Singers

Voluntary: La Nativité [
listen], Jean Langlais (1907-1991) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Carols: All this time [
text] [listen NML], William Walton (1902-1983) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

This have I done [
text] [listen: CML], Holst, Gustav (1874-1934) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

I wonder as I wander [
text] [listen: NML], Appalachian, arr. John Rutter (b. 1945) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

The Flower of Jesse [
text], Derek Holman (b. 1931) [NML] [CML]

Bogoroditsye Dyevo [
text] [listen: NML], Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Mary had a baby [
text], Michael Coghlan (b. 1949)

O Magnum mysterium [
text] Malcolm Archer (b. 1952) [NML]

Pastores loquebantur [
text], Francisco Guerrero (1527-99) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

The Shepherd’s Carol [
text] [listen: NML] Bob Chilcott (b. 1955) [NML] [CML]

Hodie Christus natus est [
text] Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Voluntary: Vom Himmel hoch [listen:
CML], Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

11:00 pm: Procession, Blessing of the Crib & Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Singers

Preludes: In dulci jubilo, BWV 751 [listen:
CML], BWV 608 [listen: CML], BWV 729 [listen: CML], Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Kyrie eleison, Patrick Wedd (b.1948) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Mass Setting: Missa Nativitatis, Patrick Wedd

Introit: All my heart this night rejoices [text & listen], Johann Ebeling (1637-76) [NML]

Motets: In dulci jubilo [listen: NML], arr. Robert Pearsall (1795-1856)

O magnum mysterium [text], Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)

Whence is that goodly fragrance? arr. Patrick Wedd

Postlude: From heaven high to earth I come [listen:
CML],Garth Edmundson (1900-71) [NML]

10:00 am: Choral Eucharist
The Choir of Trebles

Introit: Sussex Carol [
text] [NML] arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Mass Setting: Carol Mass,
Rubert Lang (b. 1948)

Music during Communion: Love came down at Christmas,
R.O. Morris (1886-1948)

Postlude: Noël suisse,
Claude Balbastre (1724-99) [BNQ] [NML]

December 21, 2008

Andrea del Sarto, Annunciation, Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence, 1512-13

The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God (NRSV, Luke 1:35)."

The Fourth Sunday of Advent [Comments]

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
(See Choir Notes)

Kyrie: Cromorne en taille (NML: Préfontaine; Payne), Gaspard Corrette (1670-1730) [BNQ] [NML]

Mass Setting:
Plainsong, 11th century

Organ: Élévation: Tierce en taille (NML: Préfontaine; Payne), Gaspard Corrette

Postlude: Offertoire: Grand Dialogue à trois choeurs (NML: Préfontaine; Payne), Gaspard Corrette

4:00 pm Service of Readings and Music

In preparation for Christmas, the Dean will read scripture and poetry and Patrick Wedd will play movements from Olivier Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur. (To prepare, listen to: Jennifer Bate, Olivier Latry, Dame Gillian Weir.)

December 14, 2008

Nicolas Poussin, Saint John Baptizing in the River Jordan, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angelos, 1630s

John answered them, "I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal." (NRSV, John 1:26-27)."

The Third Sunday of Advent [Comments]

10:00 am Choral Eucharist

The Cathedral Singers

When the King shall come again, Paul Bryan (b. 1950)

Gaudete in Domino (text) (listen), Plainsong, tone 1

Mass Setting:
Missa 17 Adventus et Quadragesimae, Plainsong

Fuit homo missus a Deo (text), Plainsong, tone 5

Postlude: When the king shall come again, William Lloyd Webber (1914-82)

4:00 pm Evensong

The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: Partita: Lo, how a rose, James Woodman (b. 1957)

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming [text] [listen], Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) [BNQ] [NML] [CML], arr. Phil Mattson

Preces and Responses:
Thomas Ebdon (1738-1811)

Psalm: 102, (Wesley, Davy)

Canticles: Service in D, Ernest John Moeran (1894-1950) [BNQ] [NML] [CML]

Anthem: O quickly come [text] [NML], Antony Pitts (b. 1969) [BNQ] [NML]

Partita: Lo, how a rose, Joseph Ahrens (1904-97)

December 7, 2008

Titian, St. John the Baptist, Galleria dell'Accademia, Venice, c. 1542

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way (NRSV, Mark 1:2)."

December 7, 2008: The Second Sunday of Advent [Comments]

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Choirs

Prelude: “A Lovely Rose is Blooming” [listen] Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) [BNQ]

Introit: Canite Tuba [text] [listen: Westminster Cathedral; King's] Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94) [BNQ]

Mass Setting: Missa brevis, No.11, Sancti Johannis Baptistae [NML], Healey Willan (1880-1968) [BNQ]

Motet: Lo, how a rose e’er blooming [text] [listen], Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) [BNQ], arr. Phil Mattson

Postlude: Prelude: Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland “Come, Saviour of the nations" [listen] Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) [BNQ]

4:00 pm A Procession with Lessons and Carols for Advent
The Cathedral Choirs

Preludes: Veni, Emmanuel, Daniel Pinkham (1923-2006)

“A Lovely Rose is Blooming [listen], Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) [BNQ]

Introit: Earthquake (Isaiah 52) [text], Patrick Wedd (b.1948) [BNQ]

Antiphon: O Emmanuel [text & listen]

Carol: Conditor alme siderum [text], Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594) [BNQ]

Antiphon: O Radix Jesse [text & listen]

Carols: Lo, how a rose e’er blooming [text] [listen], Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) [BNQ], arr. Phil Mattson

Zion, at thy shining gates [text], Bohm Bruder (1566), arr. George Guest

Antiphon: O Virgo virginum [text]

Carols: Nova! Nova! Ave fit ex Eva [text] [NML], English 15th cent.

O quickly come [text] [NML] Antony Pitts (b. 1969)

Antiphon: O Oriens [text & listen]

Carols: Canite Tuba [text] [listen: Westminster Cathedral; King's] Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina(1525-94) [BNQ]

People, look east [text] [listen], French traditional, arr. Martin Shaw (1875-1958) [BNQ]

Antiphon: O Rex Gentium [text & listen]

Carols: Never weather-beaten sail [text], Richard Shephard (b. 1949)

Gaudete omnes et laetamini [text] [listen: Manhattan Chorale Ensemble; Trinity], Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) [BNQ]

Postlude : Helmsley (Lo, he comes with clouds descending) from Six Fantasies on Hymn Tunes, Op. 72, Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)