February 2008


Piero della Francesca, Angel Choir (detail from The Nativity), National Gallery, London, 1470

 

CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL

MONTREAL, QUEBEC

CHORAL EUCHARIST AND EVENSONG

February 2008

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Giotto di Bondone, The Presentation, Cappella Scrovegni, Padua, 1304-06

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, the parents of Jesus brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord"), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons (NRSV, Luke 2:22-23)."

 

February 3, 2008: The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple[Comments]

 

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10:00 am Choral Eucharist

The Choir of Trebles and Adults                                                                                       

 

Prelude: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin / In peace and joy I now depart, BWV 616 (text), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) [BNQ];                                    

Seventy-Nine Chorales, op. 28 (No. 56: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin / In peace and joy I now depart) (text), Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)  [BNQ]:                                                 Both pieces after the Nunc Dimittis                                 

 

Mass Setting: Service in G, Clifford Harker (1912-1999) 

 

MotetGradualia, vol. I (Senex puerum portabat [a 4]) (text) (listen one-minute clip), William Byrd(1543-1623)[BNQ]                                                                               

 

PostludeSix Antiennes pour le temps de Noël (Lumen ad revelationem), op. 48 (listen)Marcel Dupré 

 

 

4:00 pm Choral Evensong

The Cathedral Singers                                                                                

 

Prelude:  Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin / In peace and joy I now depart, BWV 616 (text), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) [BNQ];                                   

Six Antiennes pour le temps de Noël (Lumen ad revelationem), op. 48 (listen)                   Marcel Dupré (1886-1971) [BNQ]:                                                                           

Both pieces after the Nunc Dimittis (Luke 2:29-32)

            
Introit: Gradualia, vol. I (Alleluia) and (Senex puerum portabat [a 5]) (text), William Byrd (1543-1623)[BNQ]

                                                                                                                                                              Preces and Responses: Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) [BNQ]                          

 

Canticles: First Service, Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623) [BNQ]                             

 

Anthem: Senex puerum portabat (text) (listen one-minute clip), Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94) [BNQ]                                                                  

 

Postlude:  Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf / Lord God, now open wide Thy Heav'n, BWV 617 (text), J.S. Bach: after the Nunc Dimittis (Luke 2:29-32)

 

 

 

 Georges Rouault, Miserere Mei, etching

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions (NRSV, Psalm 51:1).

 

February 6, 2008: Ash Wednesday   [Comments]

 

7:30 pm Choral Eucharist

The  Cathedral Singers                                                                                      

 

Mass Setting: Messa a Quattro Voci da Cappella, Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)  [BNQ]

 

Imposition of Ashes: Messa a Quattro Voci da Cappella (Kyrie), Claudio Monteverdi

 

 

Motet:  Peccantem me quotidie /  While I am sinning every day (text), Cristóbal de Morales (c.1500-1553) [BNQ]                                                                         

 

Postlude:   O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross / O man, bewail thy grievous fall, BWV 622 (text), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)  [BNQ] 

 

 

 

William Blake:  Then the Devil Left Him

Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! for it is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'" Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him (NRSV, Matthew 4:10-11).

 

 

February 10, 2008: The First Sunday of Lent  [Comments]

 

 

10:00 pm Choral Eucharist

The  Cathedral Singers                                                                                      

 

Prelude:  Trio Sonata No. 6 in G (lento), BWV 530, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)  [BNQ]

 

Mass Setting:  Missa Brevis, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94) [BNQ]

 

Introit: The Lenten Prose (text) (listen), Plainsong, tone 5

 

Motet:  Super flumina Babylonis (a 4) (text)G. P. da Palestrina                          

 

PostludeTrio Sonata No. 6 in G (vivace), BWV 530, Johann Sebastian Bach   

 

 

4:00 pm Choral Evensong

The Cathedral Singers                                                                                

 

Prelude:  Trio Sonata No. 6 in G (lento), BWV 530, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)  [BNQ]

            
Introit: Super flumina Babylonis (text), Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594) [BNQ] 

                                                                                                                                                              Preces and Responses:  Richard Ayleward (1626-69) 

 

Psalm 137:  Wesley Garret (1735-81)                      

 

Canticles:  Short Service, Richard Ayleward                        

 

Anthem:  Super flumina Babylonis (a 4) (text), Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94)  [BNQ]                                           

 

Postlude:  Trio Sonata No. 6 in G (allegro), BWV 530, Johann Sebastian Bach  

 

 

Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678), Christ Instructing Nicodemus, Museum of Fine Arts of Tournai, Belgium

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God;   for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God (NRSV, John 3:1-2)"

 

February 17, 2008: The Second Sunday of Lent  [Comments]

 

 

10:00 pm Choral Eucharist

The  Choir of Trebles and Adults                                                                                      

 

Prelude:  Liebster Jesu, BWV 633/4, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)  [BNQ] 

 

Mass Setting:  Mass in the Dorian Mode, Barrie Cabena (b.1933)     

 

Introit: Hide not thou thy face (text), Richard Farrant (c.1530-1580)

 

MotetLord, for thy tender mercy's sake (text), Richard Farrant                      

 

PostludeTrio Sonata No. 5 in C (mvt 1:allegro), BWV 529, Johann Sebastian Bach   

 

 

4:00 pm Choral Evensong

The Choir of Trebles and Adults                                                                                

 

Prelude:  Trio Sonata No. 5 in C (largo) BWV 529, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)  [BNQ] 

            
Introit:  Call to remembrance (text), Richard Farrant (c.1530-1580)

                                                                                                                                                              Preces and Responses:  Dresden, John Sanders (b.1933) 

 

Psalm 15:  Samuel Arnold (1740-1802)                      

 

Canticles:  Service in A, Herbert Sumison (1899-1995)                       

 

Anthem:  Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake (text), Richard Farrant                                   

 

Postlude:  Trio Sonata No. 5 in C (mvt 3: allegro), BWV 529, Johann Sebastian Bach  

 

 

George Richmond, Christ and the Woman of Samaria, The Tate Collection, London, 1828

Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life (NRSV, John 4:13-14)."

 

February 24, 2008: The Third Sunday of Lent  [Comments]

 

 

10:00 pm Choral Eucharist

The  Cathedral Singers                                                                                      

 

Prelude:  Trio Sonata No. 3 in d (adagio e dolce), BWV 527, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)  [BNQ] 

 

Mass Setting:  Missa Brevis, No. 5, Healey Willan (1880-1965)     

 

Introit: Venite comedite (text), William Byrd (1543-1623)

 

Motet:  Ave verum corpus (text), William Byrd                       

 

PostludeTrio Sonata No. 3 in d (andante), BWV 527, Johann Sebastian Bach   

 

 

4:00 pm Choral Evensong

The Cathedral Singers                                                                                

 

Prelude:  Trio Sonata No. 3 in d (adagio e dolce), BWV 527, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)  [BNQ]

            
Introit:  O Lord, in thy wrath (text), Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

                                                                                                                                                              Preces and Responses:  Thomas Morley (1557-1602) 

 

Psalm 6:  James Nares(1715-1774)                      

 

Canticles:  Short Service, Orlando Gibbons                       

 

Anthem:  Miserere mei, Domine (text), Byrd, William (1540-1623)  [BNQ]

             

 

Postlude:  Trio Sonata No. 3 in d (vivace), BWV 527, Johann Sebastian Bach