Music of Lent/Holy Week
Date: April 6, 2014
For all interested choirmasters/organists;
A glimpse into our sacred choral music offererings for the season:
Today we sang a refreshing new anthem entitled "Oh the Height of Jesus' Love" by B. Culli. Augsburg published it. Nice for choir with a horn obligato using Go To Dark Gethsemene. As we have no horn I combined the horn part into the organ accompaniment. Well-received by the congregation and a nice anthem with which to end Lent.
Holy Week offerings:
Palm Sunday - "Hosannah to the Son of David" in English by T. d.l. Victoria
Maunday Thursday - "Nolo Mortem Peccatoris" by Morley
Good Friday - "The 7 Last Words" by Haydn played by a wonderful local string quartet with meditations offered by our clergy. starts at noon. (No, I am not a string player but will soak it in as a congregant)
The Great Vigil of Easter - "O Lord in Thee is All My Trust" by Tallis. A great service in preparation of Easter loaded with baptisms and confirmations. We don't do a "full" Vigil but leave right before getting to the Resurrection.
Easter Day - Introit - an "Alleluia" by Gabrielli; Anthem - "Hallelujah" from Mt. of Olives by Beethoven
I'm still deciding on whether I want to conclude with the Widor Toccata. Everyone seems to play that on Easter Day! Any organists out there playing anything different on Easter Day? I've also thought of the John Bull Rondo in G. It will be the first postlude I've played since the end of Epiphany.
Our St. Gabriel's girl's choir is singing "Sound the Trumpet" by Purcell at both services the week after Easter Day.
So that's what we're doing in our downtown Anglican parish in Colorado Springs. If you're in the area over Easter drop by for a wonderful and uplifting Easter service.
Rob Howard, Director of Music
St. George's Anglican Church
Colorado Springs, CO 80903