Music Update for the Week of November 15

The full Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys will sing choral services on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. Music for the 11am Choral Matins & Choral Eucharist and 4pm Solemn Evensong on Sunday November 15 include works by Stanford, Aylewars, Elgar, Gibbons, and Byrd Stanford. This week’s 5:15 Sunday organ recital will feature Acting Director of Music, Stephen Buzard.

Sunday November 15

11am Choral Matins & Choral Eucharist

  • Richard Ayleward (1626-1669)
  • Canticles and Service: The Morning and Evening Service in B-flat, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
  • Psalm: 16 Anglican Chant (Havergal)
  • Anthem: Give unto the Lord, Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • Anthem: O for a closer walk with God, Charles Villiers Stanford

4pm Choral Evensong

  • Responses: Richard Ayleward (1626-1669)
  • Psalm: 19 Anglican Chant (Walmisley)
  • Magnificat & Nunc dimittis: The Second Service, Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
  • Anthem: Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles, William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

5:15pm Organ Recital by Acting Director of Music Stephen Buzard

  • Introduktion und Passacaglia, ohne Opuszahl, Max Reger (1873-1916)

    • Innig, from Sechs Stücke in kanonischer Form, Op. 56, no. 4 Robert Schumann
    • (1810-1856)
    • Sonate II, Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
    • Du bist die Ruh, D. 776 Franz Schubert (1797-1828) transcribed by Stephen Buzard (b. 1989)
    • ‘Pilgrim’s Chorus’, from Tannhäuser Richard Wagner (1813-1883) transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare (1865-1934)
    • ‘The Ride of the Valkyries’, from Die Walküre Richard Wagner transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare

    Tuesday, November 17

    5:30pm Choral Evensong

    • Introit: Te lucis ante terminum, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
    • Responses: Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    • Psalm: 89:1-30 Anglican Chant (Battishill, Norris, Russell)
    • Magnificat & Nunc dimittis: in F, Harold Friedell (1905-1958)
    • Anthem: Sing my soul, his wondrous love, Ned Rorem (b. 1923)

    Wednesday, November 18

    5:30pm Choral Evensong

    • Introit: Te lucis ante terminum, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
    • Responses: Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    • Psalm: 93, 94 Anglican Chant (Macfarren, Clark, Woodward)
    • Magnificat & Nunc dimittis: The Ninth Service, Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)
    • Anthem: Alleluia, I heard a voice, Thomas Weelkes

    Thursday, November 19

    5:30pm Choral Evensong

    • Introit: Te lucis ante terminum, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
    • Responses: Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    • Psalm: 98, 99, 100, 101 Anglican Chant (Randall, Day, Attwood, Nicholson)
    • Magnificat & Nunc dimittis: in G, Francis Jackson (b. 1917)
    • Anthem: O clap your hands, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

    Notes on Sunday’s Repertoire

    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, a vigorous Irishman of prodigious musical energies, was born into the Anglican aristocracy in Dublin and educated at Cambridge University, where he was later appointed Organist of Trinity College, and under whom T. Tertius Noble served as an Assistant Organist. He became an immensely influential teacher at The Royal College of Music in London, where such giants as Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Herbert Howells became his pupils. The Morning and Evening Service in B-flat was composed in 1879. Ground-breaking in its day, these settings of the Liturgies brought many innovative techniques, giving the ancient texts fresh color and splendor.

    Sunday Organ Recital: About the Artist

    Stephen Buzard currently serves as Acting Director of Music at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, in New York City. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University where he studied organ with Thomas Murray and improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart. While at Yale, Mr. Buzard served as organ scholar at Trinity on the Green, New Haven; organist at Marquand Chapel of Yale Divinity School; and organist for Berkeley Divinity School. Prior to attending Yale, Mr. Buzard studied with virtuoso Ken Cowan at Westminster Choir College, serving concurrently as organ scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton and as director of music for the Episcopal Church at Princeton University. Between undergraduate and graduate schools, Mr. Buzard spent a “gap year” in England as senior organ scholar of Wells Cathedral. Mr. Buzard is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists for which he received the Elmer Prize, given for the best examination of that year nationally. Mr. Buzard was the winner of the 2010 Arthur Poister Competition, and his CD In Light or Darkness, available through Delos Records, has received critical acclaim. James Reed wrote for The Diapason: “Buzard paints the color and shape of every phrase with a maturity belying his youthfulness… If this level of skill doesn’t dazzle you, then I do not know what will!”

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