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)

November 21, 2010

Giotto di Bondone, Crucifix, Tempio Malatestiano, Rimini, 1310-17

There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews [NRSV, Luke 23:38]."

November 21, 2010
Reign of Christ / Feast of Dedication

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Choirs

Prelude: Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père from L'Ascension [Litaize: YouTube], Olivier Messiaen (1908-92)

Introit: Exaltabo te
[text] [Corboz: YouTube],
Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) 

Mass Setting: Missa Mons Regius, Malcolm Archer
(b. 1952)
Motet: In nomine Jesu [text] [Varsmusica: YouTube], Jacob Handl (1550-91)

Postlude: Toccata [Alain: YouTube], Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)

4:00 pm First Evensong of St Cecilia
The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: Preludio "Sine nomine" [Burchell: CML] (info),  Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Introit: A Hymn to St Cecilia
[text] [Sanctae Ceciliae: YouTube], Herbert Howells

Preces and Responses, Francis Jackson (b. 1917)

Psalm: 150 (Goodenough)

Canticles: Service in G, Francis Jackson

Motet: A Song for St Cecilia's Day, John Gardner (b.1917) 

Postlude: Psalm Prelude "Sing unto Him a New Song" 
  [Sadler: NML] (info), Herbert Howells

November 14, 2010

Arch of Titus (detail - copy), Rome, 81 C.E.

"As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down [NRSV, Luke 21:6]."

November 14, 2010
10:00 am Choral Eucharist

Prelude: Flûtes from Suite du 2ème ton [Guarino: YouTube; Gilbert: NML (info)] Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)

Introit: Lord, for they tender mercy's sake [text] [AODE Consort: listen], (attrib.) Richard Farrant (1530-80)

Mass Setting: Messa concertata a quattro voci [St Clement's: listen], Teodoro Casati  (mid-17th cent.)

Motet: Lord, I trust thee [text] [Martin Tours: YouTube], George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Postlude: Caprice sur les grands jeux from Suite du 2ème ton [Guarino: YouTube; Gilbert: NML (info)] Louis-Nicolas Clérambault

4:00 pm Evensong

Prelude: Saraband and Interlude [YouTube], Herbert Sumsion (1899-1995)

Introit: Now the God of peace [text], Gerald Knight (1908-79)

Preces and Responses: Herbert Sumsion

Magnificat in A [Roden: YouTube], Herbert Sumsion

Nunc dimittis in A [Roden: YouTube], Herbert Sumsion

Motet: Round me falls the night [text], Adam Drese (1620-1701)

Postlude: Pavan [Soria: listen], Paul Drayton (b. 1944)

November 7, 2010

Canada's most impressive tribute overseas to those Canadians who fought and gave their lives in the First World War is the majestic and inspiring Canadian National Vimy Memorial which overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about ten kilometres north of Arras. The Memorial does more than mark the site of the engagement that Canadians were to remember with more pride than any other operation of the First World War. It stands as a tribute to all who served their country...

In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,and will run like sparks through the stubble [Wisdom of Solomon 3:7].

November 7, 2010

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Combined Choirs

Prelude: O Wie Selig Seid Ihr Doch, Ihr Frommen (Blessed are you faithful souls), Op. 122, No. 6 [Lagacé: YouTube], Johannes Brahms (1833-97)

Introit: In the Midst of Life, Russian Chant

Mass Setting: Service in G, Clifford Harper (1912-99)

Motet: Requiem aeternam [Gloria Dei Cantores: text/listen], Giovanni Francesco Anerio (1567-1630)

Postlude: Fantasy on "St Anne," [Dobey: listen Charles H. H. Parry (1848-1918)

4:00 pm Evensong
The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: Subtilité des corps glorieux from Les corps glorieux [Byram: listen], Olivier Messiaen (1908-92)

Introit: In manus tuas [Tallis: listen], John Sheppard (1515-60)

Preces and Responses: [Trinity: Preces; Responses], Richard Ayleward (1626-69) 

Canticles: Short Service, Richard Ayleward

Anthem: In pace, in idipsum dormiam [text] [Maryland: YouTube], John Sheppard

Postlude: Prelude on Vulpius [Greene: YouTube], Healey Willan (1880-1968)