September 30, 2012

 The Peaceable Kingdom, Narthex Window, United Methodist Church, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

"Be at peace with one another [NRSV, Mark 9:50b]."

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost [Comments]

10:00 am Choral Eucharist
The Cathedral Choirs

Prelude: Prière à Notre-Dame from Suite gothique, Op. 25 [Cauchefer-Choplin: musicMe], Leon Boëllmann (1862-1897) 

Mass Setting: Canterbury Mass, Anthony Piccolo (b. 1953)  

Introit: Duo Seraphim [text] [St. Peter's: YouTube],  Richard Dering (1580-1630)

Gloria: Carillon Mass, Richard Proulx (1937-2010)

Motet: Father, we thank thee [text], William Albright (1944-98)

Postlude: Toccata from Suite gothique, Op. 25 [Cauchefer-Choplin: musicMe], Leon Boëllmann

A Spectacular Festival of Music and Readings
at 4:00 PM

Come celebrate Unity and Diversity, in honour of the 60th jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

Members of the Choir of St. George's, Place-du-Canada, Erik Reinart, Director
The Choir of St. Matthias', Westmount, 

John Wiens, Director
The Cathedral Singers, 

Patrick Wedd, Director of Music
Rachelle Choi, Assistant Organist
Alex Ross, Organ Scholar
Cynthia Gates and Margaret Carey, soloists
Mark Morton, percussion

Prelude: Elegy in B-Flat, George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987)

George Thalben-Ball plays his own Elegy in B-Flat at the Rushworth and Dreaper organ of St. Mark's, Audley St. in 1948. [YouTube]   

Introit: Hail, Gladdening Light, Healey Willan (1880-1968)

Hail, gladdening Light, of His pure glory poured, who is th'immortal Father, heavenly, blest,
Holiest of Holies - Jesus Christ our Lord! Now we are come to the sun's hour of rest; the lights of evening round us shine; we hymn the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit divine. Worthiest art thou at all times to be sung with undefiled tongue, Son of our God, giver of life, alone: therefore in all the world thy glories, Lord, thy own. (Greek, 3rd cent.)

Canadian Healey Willan was the first overseas composer to have been invited to write music for a coronation.

Hymn: All people that on earth do dwell (Old Hundredth) [text], arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) 

Fiftieth Coronation anniversary by the Choir of Westminster Abbey [YouTube]

This arrangement was composed for the 1953 coronation; it was the first time the congregation was given a musical role in this ceremony.

Anthem: Zadok the PriestGeorge Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Zadok the Priest, and Nathan the Prophet anointed Solomon King.
And all the people rejoic'd, and said:
God save the King! Long live the King!
May the King live for ever,
Amen, Allelujah. (1 Kings 1:38-40)

This anthem was one of four which Handel wrote for the coronation of George II in 1727. It has been performed in every coronation service ever since. [YouTube]

Anthem: Jubilate Domino, Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)

Iubilate Domino omnis terra: servite Domino in laetitia.
Introite in conspectu eius in exultatione.
Scitote quoniam Dominus ipse est Deus: ipse fecit nos et non ipsi nos.

Sing joyfully to God, all the earth: serve ye the Lord with gladness.
Come in before his presence with exceeding great joy.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: he made us, and not we ourselves. 

Performance of the Knabenchor Hannover and the Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble, Jörg Breiding conducting [YouTube]

Hymn: We will walk with God

Anthem: Almighty Father: Second Introit (Prayer for the Congregation) from MassLeonard Bernstein (1918-90)

Almighty Father, incline thine ear
Bless us and all those who are gathered here
Thine angel send us
Who shall defend us all
And fill with grace
Us and all in this place

Performance of the entire Mass, Leonard Bernstein conducting [musicMe] [libretto].

Hymn: At the name of Jesus [text], arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams

Performance of the Church of the Advent, Madison, Georgia [YouTube]

Anthem: Psalm 133, Bill Derksen (b. 1941)

O how good and O how pleasant when we live in unity. It is like the precious oil poured on my head, running down onto my face, to the edges of my robe. It is like the dew of Hermon gently on Mount Zion, where the Lord himself will be the blessing, even life for evermore. (Psalm 133, para. Derksen)

Anthem: Te Deum in G, Ralph Vaughan Williams

Performance by the Choirs of St Paul's Cathedral and Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, Andrew Carwood conducting. [YouTube]

We praise thee, O God: we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee: the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud: the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubin and Seraphin: continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty: of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles: praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets: praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs: praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world: doth acknowledge thee;
The Father: of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true: and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost: the Comforter. 

Thou art the King of Glory: O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son: of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man: thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death: thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God: in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come: to be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants: whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints: in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save thy people: and bless thine heritage.
Govern them: and lift them up for ever.
Day by day: we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name: ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord: to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us: have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us: as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted: let me never be confounded. 

O Canada
Performance by Céline Dion [YouTube]

Postlude: March “Crown Imperial,William Walton (1902-83)

This piece was first performed (in orchestral version) at the coronation of George VI. Performance by Scott Dettra at the 1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son organ of St. Albans Cathedral, Washington, D.C. [YouTube]