2016-2017 Sundays in Song


Featured Composers


Featured Composers 2016-2017


Tariq Al-Sabir • Sally Beamish • Douglas Buchanan

Christopher Ciampoli • Andrea Casarrubios • Faye Chiao

Chen Zhangyi • Natalie Draper • Aaron Gage

Michael Hersch •  Robert Honstein • Garth Knox

Dan Kohane • Elizabeth Maconchey • Wu Man

Undine Smith Moore • Arvo Pärt • France Pollock

Michael Rickelton • Christopher Theofanidis • Anna Thorvaldsdottir


2016-2017 Choir of St. David's Repertoire

 

Please note that this repertoire is presented for planning purposes only.

On occasion repertoire may change slightly due to requirements of the liturgy, extreme weather,

and change in availability of performers in case of absence or illness.


~ Sunday, September 11 ~

St. David’s Day (Transferred) and Homecoming Sunday

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19)


Opening Voluntary: Come, all ye Sons of Art, by Henry Purcell

       Christopher Shiley and John Ehrenburg, Trumpets

Processional Hymn: All creatures of our God and King (Lasst uns erfreuen)

Song of Praise: “Glory to God in the highest (William Mathias, 1934-1992)

Psalm: Psalm 51, v. 1-11, sung in Anglican chant (setting by William Crotch, 1775-1847)

Offertory Anthem: Let all the World in Every Corner Sing, by Richard Proulx (1937-2010)

Offertory Hymn: When in our music God is glorified (Engelberg)

Sanctus: “Holy, holy, holy” (William Mathias)

Communion Anthem: Wo ist so ein herrlich Volk, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Communion Hymn: Lord of all hopefulness (Slane)

Recessional Hymn: God of grace, and God of glory (Cwm Rhondda)

Closing Voluntary: Carillon de Longpont, by Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

 

At St. David’s, the first Sunday after Labor Day is Homecoming Sunday, a time to welcome back families from vacation, to start the program year, and to join with the Choir in singing hymns and psalms of praise. This year, we hold this spirit of celebration and the act of looking towards the future with the remembrance of the fifteenth anniversary of September 11th.


With this in mind, it may at first seem strange that our music today is, in general, jubilant, from the regal, triumphant nature of Lasst uns erfreuen ("All creatures of our God and King"), to the celebrated liturgical composer Richard Proulx's energetic setting of George Herbert's Antiphon ("Let all the world in every corner sing"). But, throughout our service today, the emphasis is on a people that lives, heals, and works together through music-making and community, calling on "all creatures," "all ye Sons (and Daughters!) of Art," to glorify God – the "Lord of all hopefulness...whose presence is balm" – not only through our songs, but our interactions with the world. 


This is emphasized in both our closing hymn (whose third verse implores: "Cure thy children's warring madness, bend our pride to thy control") as well as Brahms' sublime 8-part motet Wo ist so ein herrlich Volk, which weds remebrance of things past with hope for the future:


And what nation is there so great

that hath statutes and judgements so righteous

as all this law, which I set up before you this day?

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently,

lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen,

and lest they depart from thy heart,

all the days of thy life:

but teach them thy offspring, and thy offspring's offspring.

Amen.


(translation Jürgen Puschbeck)

 

 

~ Sunday, September 18 ~

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20)

and

A Service of Evensong for the Feast of Hildegard von Bingen (transferred)


Opening Voluntary: Overture, from Messiah, by G.F. Händel (1685-1759)

Processional Hymn: Glorious things of thee are spoken (Austria)

Song of Praise: “Glory to God in the highest (William Mathias, 1934-1992)

Psalm: Psalm 113, setting by George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987)

Offertory Anthem: Jubilate, by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Offertory Hymn: I want to walk as a child of the light (Houston)

Sanctus: “Holy, holy, holy” (William Mathias)

Communion Anthem: Give almes of thy goods, by Christopher Tye (c. 1505-1573)

Communion Hymn: There is a balm in Gilead (Balm in Gilead)

Recessional Hymn: How firm a foundation (Foundation)

Closing Voluntary:  Allegro maestoso e vivace, from Organ Sonata in C Minor, Op. 65, no. 2, by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)


The Service of Evensong


Prelude Recital:
    Selections from Frauenliebe und -leben, by Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

        II. Er, der Herrlichste von allen

        IV. Du Ring an meinem Finger

        VI. Süßer Freund

        VII. An meinem Herzen      
            Claire Galloway Weber, mezzo-soprano, and Douglas Buchanan, piano

    God as she makes this earth, by Frances Pollock (b. 1990)

            Claire Galloway Weber, mezzo-soprano; Ledah Finck, violin; Irene Kim, 'cello;

            Stephanie Ray, alto flute; Brad Testerman, soprano saxophone;

            Michael Repper, conductor

Opening Hymn: I'll praise my maker while I've breath (Old 113th)

Preces and Responses: Michael Rickelton (b. 1983)

Phos Hilaron: Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

Gradual: Psalm 96, setting by Thomas Norris (1741-1790)

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis: C.V. Stanford (1852-1924)

Anthem: Heyr þú oss himnum á, by Anna Thorvaldsdottir (b. 1977) (Maryland premiere)

Closing Hymn: When in our music God is glorified (Engelberg)

Closing Volunary: Improvisation on Hildegard von Bingen's O ignis Spiritus paracliti, by Douglas Buchanan (b. 1984)

 

The music for this week exists at the crossroads of joy and humility, invoking the spirit of the psalmist ("Give praise, you servants of the Lord") as well as the message of the Old Testament (warning those whoe "trample on the needy") and the Gospel (the dishonest manager acting against the "children of the light"). Tye's restrained and noble anthem assures the listener that generosity to the poor will, for in doing so "the face of the Lord shall never be turned away from thee." It seems fitting, then, to open the service with a musical work that precedes messages of comfort and joy, and assurances that the "crooked will be made straight," namely, Händel's Messiah. The overture to this oratorio, which Händel completed 275 years ago this week, opens our service, beginning with proud dotted rhythms before transitioning into a fast, fugal texture.

 

Meanwhile, Britten's Jubilate evokes joy in its bell-like lines, encouraging all the lands to "serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song." This is particularly fitting this week, as we celebrate the opening of the Evensong series which coincides with the Feast of Hildegard von Bingen on September 17th. At this Evensong, we pay special attention to women composers and poets, featuringGod as she makes this earth (created by Baltimore poet Vanessa Moody and composer Frances Pollock) in the prelude recital and Heyr þú oss himnum á ("Hear us in heaven") by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvoldsdottir as the anthem. The service ends with an improvisation performed by St. David's organist Douglas Buchanan based on Hildegard von Bingen's chant O ignis Spiritus paracliti. As a whole, the services for today embody the message of the Icelandic text: 

 

Síst skarta sönglist má, sé þar ekki elskan hjá.

("We cannot make a joyful song unless moved by love")

 

 

 

 

~ Sunday, September 25 ~

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21)


Opening Voluntary: Toccata in C Major, from BWV 574, by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Processional Hymn: Immortal, invisible (St. Denio)

Song of Praise: “Glory to God in the highest (William Mathias, 1934-1992)

Psalm: Psalm 146, setting by E.C. Bairstow (1874-1946)

Offertory Anthem: How Beauteous are their Feet that Stand on Zion's Hill, by C.V. Stanford (1852-1924)

Offertory Hymn: My God, thy table now is spread (Rockingham)

Sanctus: “Holy, holy, holy” (William Mathias)

Communion Anthem: Draw us in the Spirit's Tether (1905-1958)

Communion Hymn: Lord, we have come at your own invitation (O quanta qualia)

Recessional Hymn: Tell out my soul (Birmingham)

Closing Voluntary:  Fugue in C Major, from BWV 574, by J.S. Bach


 

~ Sunday, October 2 ~

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22)

The Feast of St. Francis (Observed)


Opening Voluntary: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier,  by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Processional Hymn: Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim (Paderborn)

Song of Praise: “Glory to God in the highest" (William Mathias, 1934-1992)

Psalm: Psalm 37:1-10, sung in simplified Anglican Chant by the St. David's Singers

Offertory Anthem: Come, thou fount of every blessing, arr. Michael Rickelton (b. 1985)

Offertory Hymn: Lord, make us servants of your peace (Dickinson College)

Sanctus: “Holy, holy, holy” (William Mathias)

Communion Anthem: Gaelic Blessing, by John Rutter (b. 1945)

Communion Hymn: Be thou my vision (Slane)

Recessional Hymn: Rise up, ye saints of God (Festal Song)

Closing Voluntary:  Prelude in G Major, BWV 541, by J.S. Bach

 

October 9 – Proper 23

Nun danket alle Gott (“Now thank we all our God”), by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

O Taste and See, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

 

October 16 – Proper 24

Psalm 121, by Douglas Buchanan (b. 1984)

He Watching Over Israel, by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

 

October 16 – The Service of Evensong

Preces: Humphry Clucas (b. 1941)

Canticles: Edward C. Bairstow, in D (1874-1946)

Anthem: Tu es Petrus, by Gabriel Fauré

 

October 23 – Proper 25 - Morning Prayer with Eucharist
Jubilate: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Anthem for the 50th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Organ: Blessed City, Heavenly Salem, Edward C. Bairstow (1874-1946)

Communion Anthem: Wie lieblich sind deinen Wohnungen, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

 

October 30 – Proper 26

‘Tis the Gift to be Simple, sung by the Chorister Choir

Almighty and Everlasting God, by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

 

November 6 - All Saints

Bring us, O Lord God, by William H. Harris (1883-1973)

“Nunc Dimittis,” (“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace”) from St. Catherine’s Service, by Sally Beamish (b. 1956), North American Premiere

 

November 13 – Proper 28

“The Heavens Declare the Glory of God,” from The Creation, by F.J. Haydn (1732-1809)

“Astiterus reges terrae” (“The Kings of the Earth Rise Up”), from Tenebrae Responsories, by Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613)

 

November 13 – The Service of Evensong

Preces: Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)

Canticles: Herbert Howells (“Winchester” Service) (1892-1983)

Anhem: “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God,” from The Creation, by F.J. Haydn (1732-1809)

 

November 20 – Proper 29: Christ the King

The St. David’s Singers

He is King of Kings, African-American Spiritual, arr. Douglas Buchanan (b. 1984), World Premiere

Christ is the World’s True Light, W.K. Stanton (1891-1978)

 

November 27 – The First Sunday of Advent

Drop down, O heavens, by Douglas Buchanan (b. 1984), World Premiere

E’en so, Lord Jesus, quicky come, by Paul Manz (1919-2009)

 

December 4 – The Second Sunday of Advent

“O Immanuel,” from Magnificat Antiphons, by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

Es ist ein ros’ entsprungen (“Lo, how a rose e’er blooming”), Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) and Douglas Buchanan (World Premiere)

 

December 11 – The Third Sunday of Advent

Canticle: Magnificat, arr. by Philip Moore (b. 1943)

Angelus ad virginem, arr. by Andrew Carter (b. 1939)

There is no rose of such virtue, by Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)

 

December 18 – The Fourth Sunday of Advent: Lessons and Carols

Introit: Advent Matins Responsory, by G.P. da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)

Invitatory Carol: From Heaven above to Earth I Come, harmonized by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Carol: Adam Lay yBounden, by Frank Boles (b. 1965)

Carol: “O Immanuel,” from Magnificat Antiphons, by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

Carol: There is no rose of such virtue, by Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)

Carol: Ave Maria, by Franz Biebl (1906-2001)

Carol: Drop down, O heavens by Douglas Buchanan (b. 1984)

Into the Darkest Hour, by Michael Rickelton (World Premier) (b. 1983)

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, by Anthony Piccolo (b. 1946)

 

December 24 – The Eve of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

Hodie, Christus natus est; Roman Rite Chant

Gaudete, from Piae Cantiones

Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen, Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) and Douglas Buchanan (b. 1984)

Past three o’clock, arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)

Angelus ad virginem, arr. by Andrew Carter (b. 1939)

Methinks I see a Heavenly Host, by William Billings (1746-1800)

O Magnum Mysterium, by Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016)

Joys Seven, arr. Stephen Cleobury (b. 1948)

In Dulci Jubilo, by Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)

Ave Maria, by Franz Biebl (1906-2001)

 

~ Two Week Choral Hiatus ~

 

January 8 – Epiphany 1

From the Rising of the Sun, by F.A. Gore Ouseley (1770-1844)

When God revealed his sacred name, Anonymous, arr. Douglas Buchanan (b. 1984)

 

January 15 – Epiphany 2

Bound for Canaan’s Land, by Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989)

Tu es Petrus, by Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

 

January 15 – Evensong for the Feast of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Preces: Tariq Al-Sabir (b. 1993)

Canticles: Thomas Morley (1557-1602)

Anthem: Bound for Canaan’s Land, by Undine Smith Moore (1902-1986)

 

January 22 – Epiphany 3

Arise, Shine, by Ned Rorem (b. 1923)

Holy is the True Light , by William H. Harris (1883-1973)

 

January 29 – Epiphany 4

Beatitudes, by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

“Recordatus est misericordia,” from Psalm 98, by Douglas Buchanan (b. 1984)

 

February 5 – Epiphany 5

Exsultate Deo, by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Schagge in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz, I, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

 

February 12 – Epiphany 6

“Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten” and “Alles was odem hat,“ from Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

O Salutaris Hostia, by Michael Rickelton (b. 1983)

 

February 19 – Epiphany 7

Coventry Antiphon, by Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with Men, by William H. Harris (1883-1973)

 

February 19 – The Service of Evensong

Preces: Bernard Rose (“Magdalen”) (1916-1996)

Canticles: Kenneth Leighton (“Magdalen”) (1929-1988)

Anthem: Exsultate Deo, by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

 

February 26 – Last Sunday after the Epiphany

This little light of mine, sung by the Chorister Choir

From the Rising of the Son, by F.A. Gore Ouseley (1770-1844)

 

March 1 – Ash Wednesday

Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness, by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)

Ave Verum Corpus, Faye Chiao (World Premiere)

 

March 3 – Musical Offering with the Handel Choir of Baltimore

I have a bird in spring, by Natalie Draper (b. 1985), World Premiere

Psalm 98, by Douglas Buchanan (b. 1984), World Premiere

O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord, by Douglas Buchanan, World Premiere

 

March 5 – The First Sunday in Lent

“Surge Jerusalem” (“Arise, Jerusalem”) from Tenebrae Responsories, by Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613)

Remember, O Thou Man, by Thomas Ravenscroft (c. 1588-1635)

 

March 12 – The Second Sunday in Lent

The St. David’s Singers

My Song is Love Unknown, by Mark Schweizer (b. 1956)

Bread of the World, by J.S.B. Hodges (1830-1915)

 

March 19 – The Third Sunday in Lent

“Wie sich ein Vater erbarment,” from Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

“Recesit, pastor noster” (“Our shepherd hath gone”), from Tenebrae Responsories, by Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613)

 

March 19 – The Baltimore Bach Marathon

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (“Sing to the Lord a New Song”) (1685-1750)

 

March 26 – The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz (“Make in me, God, a clean heart”), II, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

“Sicut ovis” (“He was led like a Lamb to the slaughter”) from Tenebrae Responsories, by Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613)

 

April 2 – The Fifth Sunday in Lent

My days are gone like a Shadow, by John Blow (1649-1708)

“Aestimatus sum” (“I have been accounted”) from Tenebrae Responsories, by Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613)

 

April 9 – The Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)

Draw nigh to thy Jerusalem, by George Clark (1752-1818)

“Sepulto Domino” (“The Tomb of the Lord”), from Tenebrae Responsories, by Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613)

 

April 12 – The Service of Tenebrae

Chanted Psalms

 

April 13 – Maundy Thursday

At the Footwashing: Ubi Caritas (“Where there is love”), by Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

“O vos omnes” (“O ye people”), from Tenebrae Responsories, by Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613)

In manus tuas (“Into your hands I commend my spirit”), by Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

 

April 14 - Good Friday Noonday Service

The Passion According to John, after Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Reproaches, after Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

God so Loved the World, by John Stainer (1840-1901)

 

April 14 – Good Friday Evening Musical Offering

Tenebrae Responsories, by Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613)

 

April 15 – The Great Vigil of Easter

Chanted Psalms

“Lauds,” from Three Songs of Praise, by George Dyson (1883-1964)

Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz, I, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

 

April 16 – The Sunday of the Resurrection

Lift up your heads, O ye Gates, by William Mathias (1934-1992)

“Easter,” from Five Mystical Songs, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

This Joyful Eastertide, by William H. Harris (1883-1973)

 

April 23 – The Second Sunday of Easter

“Lauds,” from Three Songs of Praise, by George Dyson (1883-1964)

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)

 

April 30 – The Third Sunday of Easter

Das ist mir Lieb, prima parte, by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)

“Mi Chamocha,” from Two Prayers, by Dan Kohane (b. 1989), Maryland Premiere

 

May 7 – The Fourth Sunday of Easter (“Good Shepherd” Sunday)

The King of Love my Shepherd Is, by Mark Schweizer (b. 1956)

Little Lamb, by Tim Blickham (b. 1945)

 

May 14 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Jubilate Deo, by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Wie lieblich sind deinen Wohnungen, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

 

May 14 – The Service of Evensong

Preces: Michael Rickelton (b. 1983)

Canticles: Brian Kelley (b. 1934)

Anthem: At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners, by C.H.H. Parry (1848-1918)

 

May 21 – The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Christ hath a garden, by Healey Willan (1880-1968)

If ye love me, by Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

 

May 28 – The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Coelos ascendit hodie, by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

Draw us in the Spirit’s tethe, by Harold Friedell (1905-1958)

 

June 4 – The Day of Pentecost (Whitsunday)

Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz, III, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Hymn to St. Cecilia, by Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

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