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


Christ Church Cathedral – Montreal, QC


Choir Notes


January 20, 2008 – The 2nd Sunday after Epiphany


SS. Sergius and Bacchus, Monastery of St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai, 13th century

 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together (ESV, Psalm 133:1)! Frequent prayer of SS. Sergius and Bacchus from their Passion.


This Sunday, January 20, 2008, is the Second Sunday after Epiphany.  The gospel speaks of the two disciples who were the first to follow Jesus and then of how one of them, Andrew, goes in search of his brother Peter.


Underlying our liturgical celebration this Sunday will be the joy that we share with two friends, likewise committed disciples of the Lord, Patrick Wedd , our director of music, and Rob Wells, member of the choir, who, after years of close companionship, will be married this coming Wednesday, January 16, in a civil ceremony.  Members of Musica Orbium will be here on Sunday to join with the Cathedral Singers in celebration.  There will be a special reception after Choral Eucharist


Unusually all of the organ and choir music for this Sunday can be listened to online in preparation for Sunday's liturgy.


The organ voluntaries will be from Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937), Fifth Symphony, the adagio and the toccataClick to hear a performance by David HillClick to hear the toccata played by James Parsons Click for a variety of choices from YouTube.


The Mass setting will be Dan Locklair (b.1949), Brief Mass, which we remember from the OutMass of the summer before last when Bishop Gene Robinson was with us.  Click to hear it sung by the Choir of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, Gerre Hancock directing.


Click to hear the Introit, Concord, from Gloriana Dances, by Benjamin Britten (1913-76), performed by Polyphony, Stephen Layton conducting. "Concord is here our days to bless, and this our land to endue with plenty, peace and happiness.  Concord and Time, each needed each, the ripest fruit hangs where not one, but only two can reach."  (William Plomer)


Click to hear the Communion motet, My Beloved Spake, by Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656), performed by Matthew White and friends. "My beloved spake and said unto me:  Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.  For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth, the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard on our land.  The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vine with their tender grapes, give a sweet smell.  Arise my love, my fair one, and come away. (Song of Solomon 1)