Sunday musical offering

November 22, 2020

In honor of the birthday of Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), here is “A Hymn to the Virgin” performed by The Atlanta Master Chorale.

Sunday musical offering

November 15, 2020

Happy birthday, Ennio

November 10, 2020

In honor of the birthday of Italian conductor and composer Ennio Morricone (1928-2020), here is one of his greatest hits performed by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

Sunday musical offering

November 8, 2020

Musical offering for All Saints Day

November 1, 2020

For all the saints, who from their labours rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blessed. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might;
Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light. Alleluia, Alleluia!

O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold. Alleluia, Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine. Alleluia, Alleluia!

And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia, Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blessed. Alleluia, Alleluia!

But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way. Alleluia, Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Alleluia, Alleluia!

Happy birthday, Domenico

October 26, 2020

In honor of the birthday of Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), here is his Keyboard Sonata in A K322, in an arrangement for classical guitar.

Happy birthday, Johann

October 25, 2020

In honor of the birthday of Johann Strauss II (1825-1899), here is the Trisch-Trasch Polka, played by the world’s cutest balalaika virtuoso.

Sunday musical offering

October 18, 2020

There will be rest, and sure stars shining
Over the roof-tops crowned with snow,
A reign of rest, serene forgetting,
The music of stillness holy and low.

I will make this world of my devising
Out of a dream in my lonely mind.
I shall find the crystal of peace, – above me
Stars I shall find.

—Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

Sunday musical offering

October 11, 2020

Lullaby, twilight is spreading
Silver wings over the sky;
Fairy elves are softly treading,
Folding buds as they pass by.
Lullaby, whisper and sigh, 
Lullaby, lullaby.
Lullaby, deep in the clover
Drone the bees softly to rest;
Close white lids your dear eyes over,
Mother’s arms shall be your rest.
Lullaby, whisper and sigh,
Lullaby, lullaby.

Musical offering for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

October 4, 2020

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