Exultate Deo – Hans
Exultate Deo (Hans Leo Hassler,
Sing to joy for God our strength; shout joyfully to the God of Jacob. Raise a song, and strike the cymbal, the sweet sounding lyre with the harp.
Utrecht Jubilate (G. F. Handel, 1685-1759)
I. O be joyful in the Lord all ye lands! (Soloist: Michael Petersen)
II. Serve the Lord with gladness, and come before His presence with a song.
III. Be ye sure that the Lord He is God, it is He that has made us and not we ourselves, we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. (Soloists: Ruthann Lovetang and David Irvine)
IV. O go your way into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and speak good of His name.
V. For the Lord is gracious, His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures from generation to generation. (Soloists: Ruthann Lovetang, Steven Bronfenbrenner and David Irvine)
VI. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
VII. As it was in the beginning now and ever shall be world without end, Amen.
Handel wrote the Utrecht Jubilate in 1713, when he was 28 on his second trip to England where he settled permanently. It represents one of his first attempts at writing in English. It was so well received by the public and the courts, Queen Anne rewarded his efforts with an annual stipend of two hundred pounds. It is considered a true addition to the rich repertoire of English Cathedral music.
O Heiland, Reiss die Himmel auf (Johannes Brahms, 1833-1897)
1. O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf,
herab vom Himmel lauf! Reiss ab, vom Himmel Tor und Tür,
reiss ab, wo Schloss und Riegel für!
2. O Gott, ein’ Tau vom
Himmel giess, Im Tau herab, O Heiland, fliess! Ihr Wolken,
brecht und regnet aus den König über Jakobs Haus!
3. O Erd, schlag aus, das Berg und
Tal grün alles
werd! O Erd, herfür dies Blümlein bring, O Heiland,
aus der Erden spring!
4. Hier leiden wir die grösste
Not, vor Augen steht der bittre Tod; ach komm, führ
uns mit starker Hand vom Elend zu dem Vaterland!
5. Da wollen wir all danken
dir, unserm Erlöser,
für und für; da wollen wir all loben dich je
allzeit immer und ewiglich. Amen.
Les Fleurs et les Arbres (Camille Saint-Saëns, 1835-1921)
Les fleurs et les arbres, Les bronzes, les marbres, Les ors, les émaux. La mer, les fontaines, Les monts et les plaines Consolent nos maux. Nature éternelle Tu sembles plus belle Au sein des douleurs! Et l’art nous domine, Sa flamme illumine Le rire et les pleurs.
The flowers and the trees, the metals, the marbles, the golds, enamels, [all the painted colors on the meadows], the sea, the fountains (waterfalls), the mountains, the plains, console our pain. Nature eternal you appear more beautiful to a suffering heart and art dominates us – its flame lights both laughter and tears.
Two motets by Paul Hindemith (1896-1963)
Two love songs by David C. Dickau (1953-)
in time of
Come, O Come, My Life’s Delight
David Dickau received his bachelor and doctoral degrees from U.S.C. and his Masters from Northwestern in Chicago. He is the professor and Choral Chair at Mankato State University in Minnesota. He is married to Allan Petker’s sister (an excellent decision!).
Messe Solennelle (Louis Vierne, 1870-1937)
GLORIA (incipit: Michael Petersen)
Nearly blind from birth, Louis Vierne composed this mass in 1900, inspired in part by the magnificent Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, where he had recently been appointed titular organist. Written for choir and two organs, it was dedicated to Théodore Dubois, a French composer and organist. We are blessed to have a venue at the First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo, where two pipe organs are present, to perform this work as it was originally intended.
Roll, Jordan, Roll (Arr. by Brian Tate, 1954-)
Kevin Massey, Martha Wall, Christopher Zombres, Jan Young)
The Peace of God (Allan
Robert Petker, 1955-)
The peace of God be with you forever more, which surpasses all understanding. Keep your heads and hearts and minds filled with the presence and love of God. The peace of God be with you forever more. Amen.