December 24-25-26, 2010

 Unknown Catalan Master, Nativity, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, 1200-50

December 24, 2010
11:00 pm A Festival of Lessons and Carols
for Christmas Eve
The Cathedral Singers

VoluntaryNoël en dialogue [Baumont: listen], Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)

Introit: Christ was born [text]Piae Cantiones (1582)

Carols: Benedicamus Domino [text], Peter Warlock (1894-1930)

Now may we singen [text], Cecilia McDowall (b. 1951)

Quem pastores laudavere [text [Canterbury: YouTube] 14th century, arr. Praetorius, Vaughan Williams, Wedd

The Holly and the Ivy [text]  [Winchester: YouTube], Trad. English, arr. Richard Lloyd (b. 1933)

Annunciation Carol [text] [Canto Deo: YouTube], Robert W. Lehman (b. 1960)
O magnum mysterium [text], Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)

The Shepherd’s  Carol [text]  Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)

Hodie Christus natus est [text] [Roanoke: YouTube] Healey Willan (1880-1968)

Voluntary: Vom Himmel hoch [Lucas: YouTube], Garth Edmundson (1900-71)

Salvador Dali, Jesu Nativitas, Biblia Sacra, 1964-67

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth (NRSV, John 1:14).

December 24, 2010
Nativity of the Lord III [Comments]

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

Vom Himmel hoch, Walter Pelz (b. 1926)

All my heart this night rejoices [text] [Rutter: listen], Johann Ebeling (1620[37]- 1666[76])

Mass Setting:
Missa Puer qui natus est nobis, Francisco Guerrero (1528-99)

Motets: The Holly and the Ivy [text] [Winchester: YouTube], Trad. English, arr. Richard Lloyd (b. 1933)

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

Hodie Christus natus est [text] [Roanoke: YouTube] Healey Willan (1880-1968)

Postlude: Toccata from Symphonie No. 5 [Alain: listen], Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

William Blake, The Annunciation to the Shepherds, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, 1809

Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified [NRSV, Luke 2:9].

December 25, 2010
Nativity of the Lord I [Comments]

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Trebles

Prelude: Sussex Carol, Russell Schulz-Widmar
(b. 1944)

Introit: Sussex Carol [text] [7 videos: YouTube], arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) 

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

Motet: Love came down at Christmas [text] [King's: YouTube], R. O. Morris (1886-1948) 

Postlude: Noël étranger [Baumont: listen],  Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772) 

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, The Return from Egypt, Musée du Louvre, Paris 
"Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child's life are dead [NRSV, Matthew 2:20]."

December 26, 2010
First Sunday after Christmas [Comments] 

9:00 am Said Eucharist 

Prelude: Whence is this goodly fragrance from Six Interludes on Christmas Carols, William Lloyd Webber (1914-82) 

Postlude: Good King Wenceslaus from Six Interludes on Christmas Carols [Watts: listen], William Lloyd Webber 

There is no evensong this Sunday afternoon.

December 19, 2010

Georges de la Tour, Dream of St. Joseph, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, c.1640

An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit
[NRSV, Matthew 1:20b].

December 19, 2010

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Singers 

Prelude: Magnificat, BWV 648 [Kibbie: listen], Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Introit: Dixit Maria [Ammersee: YouTube], Hans Leo  Hassler (1564-1612)

Mass Setting: Missa Dixit Maria [text] [Herreweghe: YouTube], Hans Leo  Hassler

Motet: Ne timeas Maria [text] [Hill: listen], Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Postlude: Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733 [Kibbie: listen] Johann Sebastian Bach

4:00 pm Evensong
The Cathedral Singers
Prelude: Comfort ye my people, Gerald Near (b. 1942)

Introit: Never weather-beaten sail [text] [Conspirare: 50-second clip], Richard Shephard (b. 1949)

Preces and Responses: Paul Spicer (b. 1952)

Psalm: 111 (Wedd)

Canticles: Wells Service, Malcolm Archer (1952) 

Anthem: Creator of the stars of night, Malcolm Archer

Postlude: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland [Jongepier: listen], Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)

December 12, 2010

 Paolo Veronese, St. John the Baptist Preaching, Galleria Borghese, Rome, 1562

What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet [NRSV, Matthew 11:9].

December 12, 2010        

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
Women's and Trebles' voices

Prelude: Lo, how a rose, James Woodman (b. 1957)
Introit: Gaudete [text/Vianini: YouTube], Plainsong, tone 1   
Mass Setting: Messe in f [Pittsburgh: YouTube], Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)               
 Lo, how a rose, [text/listen], Arr. Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
Postlude: Come, Saviour of the Nations [Owens: listen], Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)                                         

4:00 pm Evensong
Women's Voices            

Prelude: Lo, how a rose [listen] Johannes Brahms (1833-97)
Introit: In pace [text], Orlande de Lassus (1530/32-94)
Preces and Responses:
 Alan Ridout (1934-96)
Canticles: St. David’s ServiceSimon Lole (b. 1957)
Lo, how a rose, [text/listen], Arr. Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
Postlude: Lo, how a rose, James Woodman (b. 1957)

December 5, 2010

Giovanni del Biondo, The Preaching of John the Baptist, Contini Bonacossa Collection, Florence, 1360-70
In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near[NRSV, Matthew 3:1-2]."

December 5, 2010

10:00 Choral Eucharist
Men's Voices

Prelude: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659, [Kibbie: listen; Koopman: YouTube], Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750

Introit: Advent Prose [text / listen], Plainsong

Mass Setting: Missa XVII Adventus et Quadrigesimae [YouTube], Plainsong

Motet: Drop down, ye heavens, [text / listen], Plainsong

Postlude: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661, [Kibbie: listen; Koopman: YouTube], Johann Sebastian Bach

4:00 pm Evensong
Men's Voices

Prelude: Verset 1: Conditor Alme Siderum [Préfontaine: NML] (info), Jean Titelouze (1563-1633)

Introit: Advent Prose [text / listen], Plainsong

Preces and Responses: Plainsong

Psalm: 11  (Tone 1.8)

Antiphon: Beatam me dicent [text / YouTube], Plainsong

Magnificat: Plainsong [with Magnificat Organ Versets, Op. 18, 10-15, [info / YouTube] Marcel Dupré, (1886-1971)]

Nunc dimittis: Tone 3.5

Postlude: Versets 3 &5: Conditor Alme Siderum [Préfontaine: NML] (info), Jean Titelouze

November 28, 2010

Anonymous, Second Coming, Greece, c. 1700

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour [NRSV Matthew 24:44].
November 28, 2010

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Choirs

Prelude: Sleepers wake!, BWV 645 [de Groen: YouTube; Koopman: YouTube; Kibbie: listen], Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Introit: Prope est Dominus [text], Jacob Regnart (1544-99)

Mass Setting: Missa Conditor alme siderum, Giovanni Animuccia (1514-71)

Motet: Conditor alme siderum [text], Orlande de Lassus (1532-94)

Postlude: Sleepers wake! Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927)

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

The Cathedral Choirs

Organ Preludes: “A Lovely Rose is Blooming," James Woodman (b. 1957)  
“A Lovely Rose is Blooming” [Ninci: YouTube], Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Introit: Es ist ein Ros’entsprungen [text[Tölzer: YouTube], arr. Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) and Michael Cashmore
Antiphon: O Emmanuel [text/performances], Healey Willan (1880-1968)                

Carol: Conditor alme siderum [text], Orlande de Lassus (1532-94)

Antiphon: O Radix Jesse [text/performances], Healey Willan               

Carols: Prope est Dominus [text], Jacob Regnart (1544-99)

Creator of the Stars of Night [text], Macolm Archer (b. 1952)

Antiphon: O Virgin of virgins [text/performances], Healey Willan               

Carols: Nova! Nova! [text], [Leipzig Calmus: NML; Tower Voices: NML] (info)         Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)

Ne timeas Maria [text] [Canticum Novum: YouTube], Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Antiphon: O Oriens [text/performances], Healey Willan             

Carols: Canite Tuba [text] [Höllvikens: YouTubeCorund: NML] (info), Francisco Guerrero (1528-99)

People, look east[text] Deller consort: NML] (info), French traditional, arr. Martin Shaw (1875-1958)

Antiphon: O Rex Gentium [text/performances], Healey Willan

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

Rorate coeli [text] [Skinner: NML; Keene: NML] (info), Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94)

Organ Postlude: Fantasy on Helmsley, William Lloyd Webber (1914-82)