Most North American churches will be a buzz of activity today with fall kick-offs and attendance surging after summer vacation. While I love the ‘back to routine’ feeling that these early September Sundays bring, the introvert in me longs for something quieter and more reflective… something along the lines of Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus.” Ironically, this piece is a setting of Psalm 41:2 which is all about longing.
For good reason, fanfare isn’t a regular part of church music these days. Every once in a while, however, it’s a fun change. Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Trinity Te Deum, sung here by Trinity College Choir at Cambridge, is a wonderful piece.
British composer Will Todd has set Revelation 21:4 to a new choral piece that gives incredible colour, texture and life to this text. This composition, entitled “No More Sorrow,” feels fitting for remembrance.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4
The choir is Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short.
I love Felix Mendelssohn’s motet “Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe” and the St. Olaf University Choir does a marvelous job. A translation can be read here.
In the course of finding Sunday music here, I have fallen in love with a number of chamber choirs from the Philippines. The University of Santo Tomas Singers, conducted by Fidel Calalang, Jr. is one of those choirs. Their energetic and rhythmic interpretation of Moses Hogan’s arrangement of “Every Time I Feel The Spirit” will likely get your toe tapping.
Blogging is hard… even harder when work is busy and during the times of life that require extra mental energy. And that’s been our reality. We are fine (we’re great, actually!) but we have been quiet- something we’ll talk more about later this week. I haven’t meant to be away for 2 months but somehow, that’s how long it has been. I thought a nice way to come back to sharing here would be with Matthew Emmery’s incredibly beautiful Kyrie from Missa Brevis. The text of the Kyrie is a prayer that historians agree comes from 1 Chronicles 16:34
…give thanks to the LORD; for He is good; for His mercy endures for ever…
I recently heard Jake Runestad’s setting of Psalm 121 and was awed by the serenity of this piece. It is sung here by the University of British Columbia University Singers, conducted by Graeme Langager.