Happy birthday, Samuel

March 9, 2022

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) composed the Adagio for Strings in 1936 as the second movement of his String Quartet in B minor. In 1967 Barber adapted the music into a choral composition, using the words of the Agnus Dei from the Latin Mass. It’s sung here by VOCES8.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
grant us peace.


Happy birthday, Charles

September 30, 2021

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) was born in Dublin and attended Queen’s College Cambridge on an organ scholarship. In 1882 he helped to found the Royal College of Music in London, where he taught composition for the rest of his life. Among his students were Arthur Bliss, John Ireland, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Gustav Holst , George Butterworth, Frank Bridge, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Although Stanford composed music in many genres, he is best remembered for his sacred choral music. Beati quorum Via, a choral setting of Psalm 119:1, is the last of Stanford’s Three Latin Motets, published in 1905.

Beati quorum via integra est, qui ambulant in lege Domini.

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.


Sunday musical offering

July 11, 2021


Happy birthday, Gabriel

May 12, 2021

In honor of the birthday of Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), here is “Pie Jesu” from the Requiem, performed by VOCES8.


Sunday musical offering

March 14, 2021

Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening into the house and gate of heav’n:
to enter into that gate and dwell in that house,
where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light;
no noise nor silence, but one equal music;
no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession;
no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity;
in the habitation of thy glory and dominion, world without end. Amen.

–John Donne (1572-1631)


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