Francesco Bergamini (1815-1883): Reading the Choir Notes


Christ Church Cathedral – Montreal, QC


Choir Notes


December 16, 2007 – 3rd Sunday of Advent


On the Third Sunday of Advent, December 16, at 4:00 pm, there will be a Festival of Lessons and Carols with the Choir of Trebles and Adults.       






Prelude:  Les Bergers (listen) from La Nativité du Seigneur (listen),      

                Olivier Messiaen (1908-92)   [BNQ]                                                            Carols: People look east, French, arr. Martin Shaw (1875-1958) [BNQ]        

             Good Christians all, rejoice, German, arr. Alice Parker (b. 1925)

             Gaudete, Christus est natus, Piae Cantiones (1582)                             

             Josef, lieber Josef mein, Leonhard Schroeter (1532-1601)                   

             O Sanctissima, Sicilian, arr. Robert Shaw (1916-1999)        [BNQ]      

             Fum, Fum, Fum, Spanish Dance Carol                                                 Postlude:  In dulci jubilo, BWV 729 (listen), J.S. Bach (1685-1750)     [BNQ]




Gaudete is a 16th-century Latin hymn from the Finnish collection known as the Piae Cantiones.  Click to read about them.  For the lyrics in Latin and English.  Click to hear and see a version by Steeleye Span, les Petits Chanteurs de Laval (Québec), Libera the King's Singers and an enthusiastic Brasilian choir.



Advent in the Castle Chapel, Weimar

Click to hear and follow the text of                          Bach Cantata No. 186                                                The 3rd Sunday of Advent                                         Bach-Collegium Stuttgart                              Helmuth Rilling, conducting  





To launch the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Olivier Messiaen, Patrick Wedd will perform the nine meditations of Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur on the Wilhelm organ of Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, December 22, 2007, at 5:00 pm.  Admission free.  Donation requested.              Click to read about Olivier Messiaen, hear his  La Nativité du Seigneur, Les Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus and some of his other music.



Advent on Pipedreams, Minnesota Public Radio, means organ music to prepare us for the coming celebration of Christmas.                                                                          Click to start out with the program from the year 2000 that climaxes with Marcel Dupré, The World Awaiting the Saviour,  an improvised symphonic movement that Dupré recorded on 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ of l'église de St-Sulpice, Paris, with compelling persuasiveness in his 79th year. 

               The Great Organ of St. Sulpice


Click for subsequent Advent organ programs: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006.




While writing your Christmas greetings, listen to the Sixteen and their orchestra: Harry Christophers (conductor), Michael George, David James, Lynne Dawson and Maldwyn Davies perform the Messiah .  Click to hear the entire work or to see the text with the option of listening to the entire work or individual selections.  

Click to hear and watch the choir of Christ Church, Oxford, perform Unto Us a Child is Born, in St. Jacob's Church, Prague, with an introductory reading by Jeremy Irons.


Click to watch a two-hour video presentation of the Messiah from Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street, with the Trinity Choir and the Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Owen Burdick (conductor.) Click here first for instructions if you want to follow the text as watch and listen.                                                         John LaFarge, Angel - Trinity Church Mural, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1876 

CHRISTMAS MUSIC GALORE:  Click to listen to a wide variety of sacred music in preparation for the Christmas season.