Me to Heaven (Daniel Gawthrop 1949-) Text by Jane Griner
In my heart’s sequestered chambers
lie truths stripped of poet’s gloss. Words alone are
vain and vacant and my heart is mute. In response to aching
silence memory summons half-heard voices, and my soul finds
primal eloquence and wraps me in song. If you would comfort
me, sing me a lullaby. If you would win my heart, sing me a
love song. If you would mourn me and bring me to God, sing
me a requiem, sing me to heaven. Touch in me all love and
passion, pain and pleasure, grief and comfort; love and passion,
pain and pleasure. Sing me a lullaby, a love song, a requiem.
Love me, comfort me, bring me to God. Sing me a love song,
sing me to heaven.
American composer, Daniel Gawthrop, composes
music for choral organizations and symphonies and is one
of the most frequently commissioned choral writers in the
Three Movements from Five Hebrew Love Songs
(Eric Whitacre 1970-)
Poems by Hila Plitmann
Temuná belibí charutá; Nodédet
beyn ór uveyn ófel: Min dmamá shekazó et
guféch kach otá, Usaréch al panáich
A picture is engraved in my heart; Moving
between light and darkness: A sort of silence envelopes your
body, And your hair falls upon your face just so.
II. Kalá kallá
Kalá kallá Kulá shelí, Kalá kulla
shelí, Kála kalla Kulá shelí,
Kála kullá shelí, la la la… Kalá kallá Kulá shelí,
Kalá kulá shelí, Kalá kalla
Kulá shelí, Kalá kulá shelí,
la la la… U’vekalút Tishákhílì!
KaláKulá shellí, Kalá kallá U’vekalút
Tishákhílì! La la la...
Light bride She
is all mine, And lightly She will kiss me!
“Laróv,” amár gag la’shama’im, “Hamerchák
shebeynu hu ad; Ach lifnéy zman alu lechán
shna’im, Uveynéynu nishár sentiméter
“Mostly,” said the roof to the
distance between you and I is endless; But a while ago two
came up here, and only one centimeter was
left between us.”
A graduate of Julliard School of Music,
Eric Whitacre is perhaps the newest and brightest star in
the field of classical composition. He first received recognition
for his compositions for wind symphony, and was recently
named the music director of the Narashino Wind Consortium
in Tokyo, Japan. His choral works have brought a new expression
in musical word painting that have captivated the choral
community worldwide. In addition, he also writes for motion
pictures and has a grammy nomination to his name (contemporary
Ave Verum Corpus (Ariel Quintana 1965-)
Ave verum Corpus, natum de Maria Virginie:
Vere Passum, immolatum in cruce pro homine: Cujus latus perforatum,
unda fluxit sanguine: Esto nobis praegustatum in mortis examine.
O Jesu dulcis, O Jesu pie, O Jesu Fili Mariae, miserere mei.
Amen.Hail, true Body, born of Virgin Mary, Who truly suffered,
was sacrificed on the cross for mankind: Whose side was pierced,
whence flowed water and blodd: Be for us a foretaste during
our final examining. O Jesu sweet, O Jesu pure, O Jesu Son
of Mary, have mercy upon me. Amen.
Born in Libertador San Martin, Entre Rios,
Argentina, Ariel Quintana completed a bachelor’s degree
in music at Universidad Adventista del Plata, and a Master’s
in piano performance at National Conservatory of Music in
Buenos Aires. He is in the final stages of his doctoral studies
at USC and directs the choirs at Hollywood Presbyterian Church.
He has just been appointed Associate Conductor of the Los
Angeles Master Chorale.
Missa Brevis in F KV 192 (Wolfgang A. Mozart, 1756-1791)
(Soloists: Soprano – Marty Friesen, Alto – Martha Wall)
eleison! Christe eleison! Kyrie eleison!
Lord have mercy!
Christ have mercy! Lord have mercy!
(Soloists: Soprano – Marty Friesen, Alto – Ruthann Lovetang,
Tenor – Michael Petersen, Bass – Jim Kamphoefner)
excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus
te. Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam. Domine
Deus, Rex coelestis, Pater omnipotens, Domine Fili unigenite,
Jesu Christe. Domine Deus, agnus Dei, filius Patris. Qui tollis
peccata mundi, miserere nobis! Suscipe deprecationem nostram,
qui sedes ad dexteram Patris. Miserere nobis. Quoniam tu solus
sanctus. Tu solus Dominus. To solus altissimus, Jesu Christe.
Cum Sancto Spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.
Glory to God
in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise
Thee, we bless Thee, weadore Thee, we glorify Thee. We give
thanks to Thee, we praise Thee for Thy glory. Lord God, heavenly
King, almighty God and Father. Lord Jesus Christ, only begotten
Son of the Father. Lord God, lamb of God, son of the Father.
Thou who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon
us. Thou who takes away the sins of the world, receive our
prayer. Thou who art seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us. For Thou alone art holy. Thou alone art the
Lord. Thou alone art the most high, Jesus Christ. With thy
Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
(Soloists: Soprano – Marty Friesen, Alto – Ruthann Lovetang,
Tenor – Michael Petersen, Bass – David Irvine)
unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, factorem coeli et terrae,
visibilium omnium et invisibilium omnium. Et ex Patre natum
ante omnia saecula, Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine, Deum verum
de Deo vero, genitum, non factum, consubstatialem Patri,
per quem omnia facta sunt, qui propter nos homines et propter
nostram salutem descendit de coelis. Et incarnatus est de
Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine. Et homo factus est. Crucifixus
etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato: passus et sepultus est.
Et resurrexit tertia die, secundum Scripturas. Et ascendit
in caelum: sedet ad dexteram Patris. Et iterum venturus est
cum gloria, judicare vivos et mortuos: cujus regni non erit
finis. Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum, et vivificantem: qui
ex Patre Filioque procedit. Qui cum Patre, et Filio simul
adoratur et conglorificatur: qui locutus est per Prophetas.
Et unum, sanctam catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam. Confiteor
unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. Et expecto resurrectionem
mortuorum. Et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen.
I believe in one
God, the Father Almighty, Maker of earth and heaven, of all
things seen and unseen. Begotten of the Father before all
worlds. God from Gods, Light from light, true God from true
God. Begotten, not made, being of one substance with the
Father, through Him all things were made. For us and for
our salvation He came down from heaven. And was incarnate
by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary. And was made man.
Crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, he suffered,
and was buried. And on the third day he rose again, according
to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and he sits at
the right hand of the Father. He shall come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead; and of his kingdom there
will be no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and
Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son who
together with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who spoke to us through the Prophets. And I believe in one,
holy, catholic and Apostolic Church. I believe in the forgiveness
of sins and the life everlasting. Amen.
sanctus, sanctus dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt coeli
et terra gloria tua, osanna in excelsis!
holy, holy Lord God of power and might. Heaven and earth
are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the highest.
(Soloists: Soprano – Selma Ehrlich, Alto – Martha Wall, Tenor
– Ron Hawks, Bass – David Irvine)
qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
(and Dona Nobis)
(Soloists: Soprano – Selma Ehrlich, Alto – Ruthann Lovetang,
Tenor – Michael Petersen)
Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis! Agnus Dei,
qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem!
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 your peace.
Composed in 1774, this missa brevis (brief
mass) was written for the mass at the Saltzburg Cathedral.
Three years later the twenty-one-year-old Mozart took this
mass with him as part of his portfolio as he journeyed to Paris
in search of employment. Scholars consider it to be “the
high point of Mozart’s youthful masses.”
Three Selections from All-Night Vigil (Einojuhani Rautavaara,
Katisma I Psalm Chapter
(Soloists: Soprano – Ruth E. Wells, Alto – Ruthann Lovetang,
Tenor – Michael Petersen, Bass – John Griffin)
mies, joka ei vaella jumalattomien joukossa Silla Herra
tuntee vanhurskasten tien mutta jumalattomain tie hukkuu
Palvelkaa Herraa pelolla ja iloitkaa Hanen edessansa vavistuksella
Autuaat ovat kaikki jotka Haneen turvaavat Nouse Herra, pelasta
minut, minum Jumalani.Herrassa on pelastus: Sinun suinauksesi
tulkoon Sinun kansallesi
(CHOIR: Halleluja, Halleluja, Halleluja)
Blessed is the man
that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous, but the way
of the ungodly shall perish. Serve the Lord with fear and
rejoice unto him with trembling. Verily blessed are all they
that put their trust in him. Come, arise, O Lord and save
me, O My God. Salvation belongeth unto the Lord and thy blessing
is upon thy people.
Psalm of Invocation
mina huudan Sinua kuule minua. Ota korviisi minun aaneni,
kun mina Sinua huudan, Kuule minua oi Herra, kuule minua,
Herra Nouskoon minun rukoukseni niikuin suitsutus-savu Sinun
kasvojesi eteen, minun kateni ylennys olkoon Sinulle ehtoo-uhri,
kuule minua, oi Herra. Vie minun sieluni ulos vankeudesta
kiitamaan Sinun nimeasi.
Lord, I cry to thee, give ear to
my voice when I pray thee. O Lord, I cry to thee, give ear
to my voice, Lord. Let my prayer be set forth before thee
as incense and the lifting up of my hands as the evening
sacrifice, give ear unto my voice, Lord. Bring my soul out
of prison that I may praise thy name.
Meidan isallemme pyhimmalle patriarkalle
ja korkeasti siunatulle Karjalan
ja koko Suomen arkkipiispalle seka korkeasti siunatulle isallemme
Helsingin metropoliitale ja taman pyhan temppelin veljille
ja kaikille seura-kuntamme jasenille seka kaikille oikea-uskoisille
kristityille anna Herra pitka ika ja varjele heita!
to our Father, the most holy Patriarch and also the highly
blessed Archbishop of Karjala and all of Finland and also
to the highly blessed Metropolitan of Helsinki, our blessed
Father and also to brothers of this holy temple, and to members
of our congregation and also to all Orthodox Christians in
the world, O Lord, grant them a long life, bless them and
keep them, O Lord!
Perhaps the best known Finnish composer
of our time, Einojuhani was born in Helsinki and studied
at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki under Aarre Merikanto
from 1948 to 1952 before Jean Sibelius recommended him for
a scholarship to study at the Juilliard School in New York
City. There he was taught by Vincent Persichetti, and he also
took lessons from Roger Sessions and Aaron Copland at Tanglewood.
A Season (Allan Robert Petker, 1955-)
Based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; incorporating
the “Canon” by Thomas Tallis 1505-1585)
from the Marin Children’s Chorus, Martha Wall,
Director: Isabel Block, Sofia Britto-Schwartz, Stephanie
Light, Madelaine Matej)
To everything a season comes, a time
to lift the truth in song, O may we sing God’s purpose
clear so love will be our anthem here. To everything there
is a season, for every purpose there is a plan. To everything
there is a season in heaven. A time for birth, a time for
death, a time for planting, a time for harvest, a time for
endings, a time to kill, a time to heal. A time to tear
down, a time to build up, a time for tears, a time for laughter,
a time to mourn, a time to dance. A time to give, to rend,
for silence, hate, war. A time to receive, to mend, to speak,
to love, a time for peace.
Commissioned in 2004 by the First
Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo, in honor of Sally Johnson’s
retirement as Director of Music.
I Believe in the Sun (Jonathan Adams, 1962-)
[This anonymous text was found on a basement wall in Cologne,
written by someone hiding from the Gestapo].
I believe in the
sun, even when it is not shining. I believe in love,
even when I am lonely. I believe in God, even when He is
A blossoming composer, Jonathan
Adams is the choral director at Nettleton High School in
Jonesboro, Arkansas. He wrote this setting in response and
in dedication to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Morietur (Gioacchino Rossini, 1792-1868)
Quando corpus morietur, fac ut animae donetur Paradisi
When my body dies, grant to my soul the glory of
Rossini was a very successful composer for
his day, first in Italy, then in Paris. He is best known
for his operas, especially his final one, “The
Camptown Races (Stephen Foster, Arr. Jack
Gon to run all night, Gon to run all day,
I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag, (somebody bet on the
bay). Camptown ladies sing this song, Doo-dah! Doo-dah! camptown
racetrack five miles long, Oh! doo-dah day! I come down there
with my hat caved in, Doo-dah! doo-dah! I go back home with
a pocket full of tin, Oh! doo-dah day! (Chorus) The long
tail filly and the big black hoss, Doo-dah! Doo-dah! fly
the track and they both cut across, Oh! doo-dah day! The
blind hoss stick in a big mud hole, Doo-dah! doo-dah! I can’t
touch bottom with a ten foot pole, Oh! doo-dah day! (Chorus)
Old muley cow come on to the track, Doo-dah! Doo-dah! The
bob-tail fling her over his back, Oh! doo-dah day! Then
fly along like a railroad car, Doo-dah! doo-dah! runnin’ a
race with a shootin’ star,
Oh! doo-dah day! (Chorus)
See them flyin’ in a ten mile heat, Doo-dah! Doo-dah! ‘round
the race track, then repeat, Oh! doo-dah day! I win my money
on the bob-tail nag, Doo-dah! doo-dah! keep my money in an old tow bag, Oh!
doo-dah day! (Chorus)
Jack Halloran was a television music writer
and conductor who worked for such greats as Dean Martin and
Bing Crosby, and scored countless films.