Music Update for the Week of February 21

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The Gentlemen of the Choir will sing choral services on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. The full choir will sing choral evensong on Thursday, Febraury 25. Music for the Second Sunday in Lent will include a set of Preces and Responses at the 4pm Choral Evensong composed by Nathaniel Adams, a Gentleman of the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Sunday February 21

11am Festal Eucharist (sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir)

  • Service: Missa Lauda Sion, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525-1594)
  • Psalm: 27 Plainsong (Tone VII3)
  • Anthem: Derelinquat Impius, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
  • Anthem: Let my complaint, Thomas Morley (c.1557-1602)

4pm Festal Evensong (sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir)

  • Responses: Nathaniel Adams (b. 1986)
  • Psalm: 8 Plainsong (Tone V2)
  • Service: Evening service for 3, William Mundy (c. 1529-1591)
  • Anthem: In the beginning, O Lord, Matthew Locke (c. 1622-1677)

Tuesday, February 23

5:30pm Choral Evensong (sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir)

  • Introit: Exaudi Deus, Giovanni Croce (1557-1609)
  • Responses: John Scott (1956-2015)
  • Psalm: 114, 115 Plainsong (Tonus Peregrinus)
  • Magnificat: quarti toni, Guitierrez Fernandez Hidalgo (c. 1553-1620)
  • Nunc dimittis: Tone VII Plainsong
  • Anthem: Hear my prayer, Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)

Wednesday, February 24

5:30pm Festal Eucharist (sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir)

  • Service: Missa L’Homme Arme, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)
  • Anthem: Mihi autem nimis, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

Thursday, February 25

5:30pm Choral Evensong (sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys)

  • Introit: View me, Lord, Richard Lloyd (b. 1933)
  • Responses: John Holmes (c. 1580-1610)
  • Psalm: 119:73-104 Anglican Chant (Skeats, Gauntlett, Armes, Marchant)
  • Service: in E minor, Pelham Humfrey (1647-1674)
  • Anthem: Teach me, O Lord, William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

Music Notes for Sunday’s 11am and 4pm Services

The music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina has historically been viewed as the epitome of Renaissance polyphony. A prolific composer, Palestrina wrote 105 masses and more than 300 motets. The Missa Lauda Sion derives its melodic material from the Sequence Lauda Sion Salvatorem, a hymn celebrating the doctrine of transubstantiation. This hymn can be found in the Hymnal 1982, number 320.

This evening’s set of Preces and Responses, written by Gentleman of the Choir Nathaniel Adams, is dedicated it his colleagues in the Saint Thomas Choir. It was premiered during Choral Evensong on February 16, 2016.

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