Happy birthday, George

February 23, 2021

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) composed the Music for the Royal Fireworks in 1749 for King George II, to celebrate the signing of the treaty that ended the War of the Austrian Succession. Here is the fourth movement from the suite.


Sunday musical offering

February 21, 2021

The latest sun is sinking fast,
My race is almost run;
My strongest trials now are past,
My triumph is begun.
O come, angel band,
Come and around me stand;
O bear me away on your snow white wings
To my immortal home.

I know I’m near the holy ranks
Of friends and kindred dear;
I brushed the dew on Jordan’s banks,
The crossing must be near.
O come, angel band,
Come and around me stand;
O bear me away on your snow white wings
To my immortal home.

I’ve almost gained my heavenly home,
My spirit loudly sings;
The holy ones, behold, they come;
I hear the noise of wings.
O come, angel band,
Come and around me stand;
O bear me away on your snow white wings
To my immortal home.


Sunday musical offering

February 14, 2021


Sunday musical offering

February 7, 2021


Happy birthday, Felix

February 3, 2021

In honor of the birthday of Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), here is a chorus from the oratorio Elijah.


Happy birthday, Franz

January 31, 2021

“Ständchen” was one of the last compositions of the prolific but short-lived Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828). Originally composed for piano and vocal soloist, it has been transcribed for many different instruments and instrumental ensembles. It’s performed here on piano and flute by Claudio and Sergio Zampetti.


Happy birthday, Wolfgang

January 27, 2021

In honor of the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), here is an arrangement for string quartet of the final movement of his Piano Sonata No. 11.


Sunday musical offering

January 24, 2021

Some say love it is a river
That drowns the tender reed;
Some say love it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed;
Some say love it is a hunger
An endless aching need;
I say love it is a flower,
And you its only seed.

It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance;
It’s the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance;
It’s the one who won’t be taken
Who cannot seem to give;
And the soul afraid of dying
That never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely,
And the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong;
Just remember in the winter,
Far beneath the bitter snows,
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose.


Sunday musical offering

January 17, 2021

English translation:

Heaven is my native land
Heaven is my home
My loving Father’s there
Heaven is my home
I am a stranger here
Darkness around and fear
Sorrow is always near
Heaven is my home

And if I suffer hard
Heaven is my home.
I will not question God
Heaven is my home
Christ suffered even more
And promised to adorn
Me with a crown of gold
Heaven is my home

Life is short as a blink
Heaven is my home
Though hardships war may bring
Heaven is my home
It will pass like a dream
My way will be complete
My Father I will meet
Heaven is my home

My spirit longs for heaven
Heaven is my home
God’s people over there
Heaven is my home
With them I will rejoice
Praise Jesus with my voice
Before His holy throne
Heaven is my home


Sunday musical offering

January 10, 2021


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