26 May 2007

Musica Sacra: Pentacost 2007

...You who go up through the sheepfolds to the hill, if by chance you see Him I love most, tell Him I am sick, I suffer, and I die.
~ Saint John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle

Blessed Feast of Pentacost! Tomorrow's Noon Mass music promises to be absolutely glorious! The choir will be singing Vierne's Missa Solenelle. If you have not heard this piece written for choir and two organs, I urge you to buy the version by the Westminister Cathedral Choir. It is by far the best performance I have heard yet of this soul-stirring music. It reminds me of the first time I heard the Tallis Scholars perform a Victoria motet ~ there is no other word for the experience except ectasi-sensual. I know ~ that's not really a word. But the only other word I can think of would be scandalous to all save fellow melancholics and readers of the poetry of Saint John of the Cross. :-) Just take my word for it ~ you need to add this missa to your music collection.

Pentecost (May 27, 2007)

Opening # 267 Come Holy Ghost / Introitus
Sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus
Offertory Offertorium / Motet: Confirma Hoc, Deus – W. Byrd
Communion Communio / Motet: Panis Angelicus – R. Rice
Recessional # 524 Sing Praise to Our Creator

Messe Solennelle – L. Vierne

If you are in the area, I hope to see you there!

Oremus pro invicem,

18 May 2007

American Inklings: May 23 @ 7:00pm

Books aren't written - they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
~ Michael Crichton

The next meeting of the American Inklings will take place next Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 7:00pm at Cosi’s in the Reston Towne Center. Don’t forget to bring your works in progress and your “assignment” from last month: creating your dream dust jacket!

See y’all next week!

Oremus pro invicem,

13 May 2007

Musica Sacra: May 13th & 20th

Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

I was out of town this weekend planting a flower garden for my mom for Mother’s Day, so I did not get a chance to post today's music list. Here it is , along with next Sunday’s:

Ascension (May 20, 2007)

Opening #382 Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise / Introitus
Offertory Offertorium / Motet: Ascendit Deus – R. Rice
Commuinon Communio / Motet: O Clap Your Hands – R. V. Williams
Recessional #529 Sing We Triumphant Hymns of Praise

Missa Viri Galilae – G. P. Palestrina

Easter VI
(May 13, 2007 ~ Mother’s Day)

Opening # 323 Good Christians Men, Rejoice and Sing / Introitus
Offertory Offertorium / Motet: Ave Maria – Z. Kodaly (S/A)
Communion Communio / Salve Mater – chant (T/B)
Recessional #212 Alleluia, Alleluia, Let the Holy Anthem Rise

Missa de Maria Virgine – G. Aichinger
Oremus pro invicem,

04 May 2007

Missa Musica

Let us then consider how we ought to behave ourselves in the presence of God and His angels, and so sing the psalms that mind and voice may be in harmony.
~Saint Benedict

One would think that after singing every day for 5 days during Easter, music and singing would become tiresome ~ not so! Here is the music list for this upcoming Sunday at Saint John the Beloved. Hope you can join us!

Oremus pro invicem,

Easter V (May 6, 2007)

Opening #525 Sing of Mary / Introitus
Offertory Offertorium / Motet: Ave Maris Stella – E. Grieg
Communion Communio / Motet: Sub Tuum Presidium – W. A. Mozart
Recessional #330 Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above
Missa Brevis K 194 – W. A. Mozart