May 5, 2019
It’s the birthday of pianist and composer Ola Gjeilo, born in Norway in 1978. He earned his bachelor’s degree in composition from the Royal Academy of Music in London and his master’s in composition from the Juilliard School. Here is “The Ground” from Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass, sung by the Central Washington University Chamber Choir with the composer at the piano.
November 23, 2014
Norwegian-born pianist and composer Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) wrote “Ubi Caritas” for unaccompanied choir, and most of the time that’s the way it’s performed. But on the day that the Central Washington University Chamber Choir recorded this performance, the composer himself happened to be in residence, and provided an improvised piano accompaniment.
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Where charity and love are, God is there.
Love of Christ has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice in Him and be glad.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love one another.