January 3, 2010

Frederico Fiori Barocci, Nativity, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1597

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, (NRSV, Ephesians 1:3).

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: In dulci jubilo, BWV 608, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)[Koopman/Isoir/Kibbie: listen]; Joseph Ahrens (1904-1997); Marcel Dupré (1886-1971) [Halley: listen]

Introit: The Holy Son of God Most High (A Christmas Carol) [text], Peter Hurford (b. 1930)

Mass Setting: Missa brevis, No. 4 "Divinum mysterium," [St. Philip: listen], Healey Willan (1880-1968)

The Blessed Son of God [text] [Winchester:YouTube] [Christ Church Oxford: NML](info); Canterbury Ohio:YouTube], Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Postlude: In dulci jubilo, BWV 729, Johann Sebastian Bach [Koopman/Kibbie: listen]

4:00 pm Evensong
The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: Greensleeves [Murray/Smedvig/Conte: listen], Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Introit: O beatum et sacrosanctum diem [Peiyang: text/YouTube], Peter Philips (1561-1628)

Preces and Responses: Plainsong

Psalm: 145, Tone 7.5

Magnificat: fauxbourdons including Christmas themes, Anon. 16th cent.

Nunc dimittis: Tone 1.4

O magnum mysterium [text] [Los Angeles: listen; 5 videos: YouTube], Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)

Greensleeves [Tharp: listen], Richard Purvis (1913-94)