January 2008

Benozzo Gozzoli, Choir of Angels (detail), Cappella Medici, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence, 1459-60





January 2008

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Sandro Botticelli, Adoration of the Magi, Uffizi, Florence, 1475

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (NRSV,Matthew 2:11).


January 6, 2008: Epiphany of the Lord   [Comments]


 (Clicking on the Sunday or feast day will bring up the appropriate liturgical readings.  The Vanderbilt Lectionary sometimes lists two readings from the Hebrew scriptures.  Christ Church Cathedral always uses the first Hebrew reading with its appropriate psalm.) 

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10:00 am Choral Eucharist

The Cathedral Singers                                                                                         


PreludeWie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223, Dietrich Buxtehude  (1637-1707)        [BNQ]                     
Mass Setting:  Missa Brevis No. 4 "Divinum Mysterium," Healey Willan (1880-1968)  [BNQ] 

Introit: Omnes de Saba Venient (text), Jacob Handl (1550-91) 

MotetSurge, Illuminare Jerusalem (text), (one-minute clip), Francesco Corteccia (1502-71)

PostludeStella orientis, Marcel Dupré  (1886-1971)  [BNQ]    




4:00 pm A Festival of Lessons and Carols for Epiphany                                                The Cathedral Singers      


Prelude:  Les Mages (listen) from La Nativité du Seigneur (listen), Olivier Messiaen(1908-92)      [BNQ]

Introit:  How Bright Apppears the Morning Star, Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608)                    Carols: Omnes de Saba Veniunt (text), Jacob Handl  (1550-91)                                         Lux Aurumque (text) (listen), Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)                                                            Psallite unigenito (text) (listen), Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)        [BNQ]                        How far is it to Bethlehem? (text), English, arr. David Willcocks (b. 1919)                        

The Three Kings (text), Jonathan Dove (b. 1959)                                                           

Coventry Carol (text), Shearmen and Tailors play, 15th century                                           Which was Son of. . . (text), Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)   [BnQ]                                                        Tribus Miraculis (text), Luca Marenzio  (1553-99)      [BNQ]                                                 Surge, Illuminare Jerusalem (text), (one-minute clip), Francesco Corteccia (1502-71)         Postlude:  How Bright Appears the Morning Star, Joseph Ahrens (1904-97)



French Miniaturist, The Baptism of Christ, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, 1160s

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him (NRSV, Matthew 3:13).

January 13, 2008: The Baptism of the Lord   [Comments]

10:00 am Choral Eucharist

The Choir of Trebles and Adults                                                                                         


PreludeChrist, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam (Jesus, Our Lord, came to the Jordan), BWV 685, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)   [BNQ]              
Mass Setting:  Service in F,  Herbert Suminson (1899-1995) 

Introit: O Lord, increase our faith (text), Henry Loosemore  (c.1604-1670)

Motet: King of glory, King of peace, Bach, arr. William Harris (1883-1973)        

PostludeCanzona in d, BWV 588, J.S. Bach


4:00 pm Choral Evensong

The Choir of Trebles and Adults                                                                                           


Prelude:  Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam (Jesus, Our Lord, came to the Jordan), BWV 685, Johann Sebastian Bach  (1685-1750)   [BNQ]            
Introit:  O gladsome light, Louis Bourgeois  (1510-61)                                                         Preces and Responses:  Harrison Oxley  (b. 1933)                                                            Canticles:  Service in C, Stanley Wilson (1899-1953)                                                         Anthem:  King of glory, King of peace, Bach, arr. William Harris (1883-1973)           Postlude:  Fugue in g ("little"), BWV 578, J.S. Bach




 Artist: JESUS MAFA Title: The first two disciples [Click for larger image view] (48379)

 Jesus Mafa:  The First Two Disciples

 As John watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, "Look, here is the Lamb of God!" His two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus (NRSV, John 1:36-37).


January 20, 2008: The 2nd Sunday after Epiphany     [Comments]

10:00 am Choral Eucharist

The Cathedral Singers and Members of Musica Orbium


PreludeSymphonie pour orgue No. 5 en f, op. 42, No. 1 (adagio), Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) [BNQ]                                                                                 

Mass Setting:  Brief Mass (listen), Dan Locklair (b.1949)   

Introit: Gloriana Dances (Concord) (text), by Benjamin Britten (1913-76) [BNQ]   

                                                                                                                                  Motet: My Beloved Spake (text and listen), by Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)  [BNQ]

PostludeSymphonie pour orgue No. 5 en f, op. 42, No. 1 (toccata) (listen: YouTube), Charles-Marie Widor




4:00 pm Choral Evensong

The Cathedral Singers Octet                                                                                          


Prelude: Voluntary in d (listen Z. 718: Plummer Cooper), Henry Purcell  (1659-95)    [BNQ]
Introit:  I was glad (text) (listen), Henry Purcell                                                                    
Preces and Responses:  John Reading (1645/6-1692)                                                      Psalm 112:  Giacomo Carissimi (1605-74)                                                                        Magnificat: for double choir, Charles Theodore Pachelbel (1690-1750)                              Nunc Dimittis: after Pachelbel, Benjamin Hutto (b. 1947)                                                    Anthem:  Buccinate in neomenia tuba (text), Giovanni Croce (1560-1609)                         Postlude:  Voluntary in C (listen), Henry Purcell




Duccio di Buoninsegna, Calling of Peter and Andrew, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1308-11

 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people (NRSV, Matthew 4:18-19)."  

January 27, 2008: The 3rd Sunday after Epiphany     [Comments]

10:00 am Choral Eucharist

The Choir of Trebles and Adults


PreludeMusic for the Royal Fireworks (La Paix: Largo alla siciliana), HWV351,              George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)   [BNQ]

Mass Setting:  Service in a, Harold Darke (1888-1976)   

Introit: O Lord, my God, to thee (text), Jacob Arcadelt  (1510-68)   [BNQ]                           Motet: Lord, I trust thee (text and listen), G.F. Handel

PostludeWater Music, Suite No. 2 in D, WHV 349, No. 2: alla hornpipe (listen), G.F. Handel 



4:00 pm Choral Evensong

The Cathedral Singers                                                                                         


Prelude: Seven Sketches on Verses from the Psalms (Pastorale [Psalm 23]), Percy Whitlock (1903-46)  [BNQ]                                                                                           Introit:  O Lord, the maker of all thing (text), William Mundy (1530-91)   

Preces and Responses: Francis Jackson  (b. 1917)                                                      Psalm 97:  Osborne Harold Peasgood (1902-68)                                                                 Canticles: Francis Jackson                                                                                                  Anthem:  O Lord, the maker of all thing (text), John Joubert  (b. 1927)                     Postlude:  Seven Sketches on Verses from the Psalms (Exultemus [Psalm 81]), Percy Whitlock