Easter Church Music


Michiel van der Borch, The Three Maries at the Empty Tomb, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, 1332

For the Second of Easter, March 30, all four organ voluntaries were based on O Filii et Filiae, works by Nicolas Lebègue , Jean-François Dandrieu , Jean Langlais and Healey Willan.

O Filii et Filiae is an Easter carol composed by the Franciscan Jean Tisserand in 1494.

Click for the Latin text and the translation of Edward Caswall.

Read the John Mason Neale translation accompanied by a MIDI rendition.

Read a brief article by Verlyn Schultz in Reformed Worship.

Read the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia article updated for Wikipedia.

Click to hear The Cathedral Singers (not Christ Church Cathedral's), Richard Proulx (conductor) sing O Filii et Filiae.

Listen to the Cracow Chamber Chorus and the Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Helmut Rilling (conductor), perform Franz Liszt, O Filii et Filiae.

To hear Alexandre Boëly, Offertoire pour le jour de Paques, Op. 38, No, 10, a dramatic embelishment of O Filii et Filiae, performed by Daniel Roth on the 1862 Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Cathedral of Bayeux, click here, then click on Listen to Program, then hold button and slide to 5:37 (5 minutes and 37 second).

To hear Jean Langlais, Fugue sur O Filii et Filiae, performed by   Christoph Kuhlmann on the 1995 Weyland organ of St. Andreas Church, Cologne, either continue to listen after the Boëly piece or click here, then click on Listen to Program, then hold button and slide to 11:30 (11 minutes and 30 seconds).

Click to hear John Rutter, Variations on an Easter Theme: O Filii et Filiae, performed by Christopher Herrick and Jeremy Spurgeon on the Létourneau organ of the Francis Winspear Centre in Edmonton.

To hear Frédéric Blanc improvise, Variations on O Filii et Filiae, on the 2000 Schudi-Dupont organ of Perkins chapel, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, click here, then click on Listen to Program, then hold button and slide to 57:38 (57 minutes and 38 seconds).

To hear Lynnwood Farnam, Toccata on O Filii et Filiae, performed by Frederick Swann on the Hook and Hastings/Aeolian-Skinner organ of Riverside Church, New York, click here, then click on Listen to Program, then hold button and slide to 9:38 (9 minutes and 38 seconds).  

To hear Alexander Guilmant, Offertoire, ‘O filii’, Op. 49, no. 2, performed by Robert Delcamp on the 2004 Casavant organ of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, click here, then click on Listen to Program, then hold button and slide to 2:27 (2 minutes and 27 seconds).

Fra Angelico, The Resurrection and the Maries at the Tomb, Convento di San Marco, Florence, 1439-43

Victimae Paschali Laudes

Victimae Paschali laudes immolent Christiani                                                                Christians! to the Paschal Victim offer your thankful praises.
                                                                                                                                               Agnus redemit oves; Christus innocens Patri reconciliavit peccatores.                    
The Lamb the sheep redeemeth: Christ, who only is sinless, reconcileth sinners to the Father.
                                                                                                                                               Mors et vita duello conflixere mirando; dux vitae mortuus, regnat vivus.                  Death and life contended in that conflict stupendous: the Prince of Life, who died,deathless reigneth.
                                                                                                                       Dic nobis, Maria, quid vidisti in via?                                                                                  Speak, Mary, declaring what thou sawest wayfaring.
                                                                                                                                               Sepulchrum Christi viventis et gloriam vidi resurgentis.                                               "The tomb of Christ who now liveth: and likewise the glory of the Risen.
                                                                                                                                               Angelicos testes, sudarium et vestes.                                                                             Bright Angels attesting, the shroud and napkin resting.                                                                                                                                                             

Surrexit Christus spes mea: praecedet vos in Galilaeam.                                            Yea, Christ my hope is arisen: to Galilee He goeth before you."
                                                                                                                                               Scimus Christum surrexisse a mortuis vere; tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere.           
We know that Christ is risen, henceforth ever living: Have mercy, Victor King, pardon giving.                                                                                                                                        

Amen. Alleluia.                                                                                                                     Amen. Alleluia.

Listen to the Choir of the Vienna Hofburgkapelle, Josef Schabasser (conductor).    (To continue to read text, first right-click, then left-click on "open in new window.")

  Ivan Rachov, Lamb of God, Ceiling of the Apostolic Nuntiature (Vatican Embassy) in Sofia, Bulgaria

Sacred Music for online listening with texts for Holy Week and Easter:     

Click for Bach Cantata 182 for Palm Sunday

Click for Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

Click for Allegri’s Miserere

Click for Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri

Click for Handel’s Messiah (Parts II & III)

Click for Bach’s Easter Oratorio


Click for a choice of 12 hours of online Holy Week and Easter organ music from Pipedreams:

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008



 1888 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Church of St. Sernin, Toulouse, France




Click to listen to three movements of Charles Tournemire, Resurrection cycle, performed by Vincent Boucher on the Casavant organ of Sts-Anges-Gardiens, Lachine:                                                                             1)Choral-improvisation sur le Victimae paschali laudes;                                                                                                           2) Lento;                                                                                                        3) Office «Dominica Resurrectionis» L'Orgue mystique, op. 56/XVII: Paraphrase et double choral.    [BNQ]