Happy birthday, Ola

May 5, 2022

A little planetary music from Norwegian-born composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo on his 44th birthday.


Sunday musical offering

January 9, 2022


Musical offering for the eleventh day of Christmas

January 4, 2022

So bright the star!
Timeless child,

Born of my body,
Reconciling God to man,
So bright the star
That shines tonight in the heavens!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Glad tidings the angels proclaim!
So bright the star!
What is this news the angels bring?
Who is this child who is Savior and King?
Let us run to greet the Savior!
So great our joy!
So bright the star!


Sunday musical offering

September 19, 2021


Happy birthday, William

June 13, 2021

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) wrote “The Lake Isle of Inisfree” in 1888. Here it is in a choral setting by Ola Gjeilo.

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.


Happy birthday, Ola

May 5, 2021

Norwegian-born composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo plays a song for spring.


Happy birthday, Emily

July 30, 2020

In honor of the birthday of English novelist and poet Emily Brontë (1818-1848), here is a choral setting by Ola Gjeilo of one of her poems.

Few hearts to mortals given
On earth so wildly pine;
Yet none would ask a heaven
More like this earth than thine.

Then let my winds caress thee;
Thy comrade let me be—
Since nought beside can bless thee,
Return and dwell with me.


Sunday musical offering

July 19, 2020

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exultemus, et in ipso iucundemur.
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.


Happy birthday, Ola

May 5, 2020

In honor of the birthday of Ola Gjeilo, here is “The Rose,” sung by the Baylor University Bella Voce choir.

The lily has a smooth stalk,
Will never hurt your hand;
But the rose upon her brier
Is lady of the land.

When with moss and honey
She tips her bending brier,
And half unfolds her glowing heart,
She sets the world on fire.

There’s sweetness in an apple tree,
And profit in the corn;
But lady of all beauty
Is a rose upon a thorn.

When with moss and honey
She tips her bending brier,
And half unfolds her glowing heart,
She sets the world on fire.

— Christina Rossetti


Musical offering for the second Sunday of Advent

December 8, 2019

English translation:

A spotless rose is blowing,
Sprung from a tender root,
Of ancient seers’ foreshowing,
Of Jesse promised fruit;
Its fairest bud unfolds to light
Amid the cold, cold winter,
And in the dark midnight.

The rose which I am singing,
Whereof Isaiah said,
Is from its sweet root springing
In Mary, purest maid;
Through God’s great love and might
The blessed babe she bore us
In a cold, cold winter’s night.


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