Choral Evensong for May

Hosted by: St Michael's Church and Choir

Sunday 6th May 2018 at 6pm, our monthly Choral Evensong & Benediction features the flowing Sumsion Responses, Ps 45, Office Hymn126, Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in G also by Herbert Sumsion. O salutaris is Hymn 269 & Tantum Ergo by Fauré in G flat.

Being Rogation Sunday this year, the Anthem is 18th century English composer Maurice Greene’s “Thou visitest the Earth and blessest it”.

The Choir rehearses from 4.45pm and extra voices are always welcome at our monthly Evensong – regular Choir Practice is Tuesdays 7.00-8.30pm.

 

Last Year – Sunday 7th May 2017 at 6pm, our monthly Choral Evensong & Benediction during Eastertide features the flowing Sumsion Responses, Ps 29:1-10, Office Hymn103, Mag & Nunc in C by Stanford and O salutaris by Rossini & Tantum Ergo by Fauré.

But the main event is the splendid, thrilling, multi-verse Anthem “Ye Choirs of new Jerusalem”. Composed by C V Stanford in 1910, the words are by St Fulbert of Chartres (952-1028) Chor­us no­vae Je­ru­sa­lem; trans­lated into Eng­lish by Ro­bert Campbell in 1850, modified by Hymns Ancient & Modern and made famous through H J Gauntlett’s hymn tune ‘St Fulbert’.

Stanford’s anthem uses entirely original material, alternating between two contrasting thematic ideas, one in G major in a lilting triple time (‘Ye choirs of New Jerusalem’), the other in the minor in quadruple time (‘Devouring depths of hell their prey’). This is a tour de force of the composer’s art, crafting the music to the words, providing the choir with an exhilarating sing and the listener with an exciting verbal and tonal pilgrimage through the wide-ranging Easter imagery of Fulbert’s hymn.

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem, Your sweetest notes employ,
The Paschal victory to hymn In strains of holy joy.  ( 3/4  Sopranos set out the main theme in G major, repeated later harmonised)

For Judah’s Lion bursts His chains, Crushing the serpent’s head;
And cries aloud through death’s domains To wake th’imprison’d dead.  ( 3/4  SATB modulate from D minor, A, E, back to G)

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem, Your sweetest notes employ,
The Paschal victory to hymn In strains of holy joy.  ( 3/4  SATB G major main theme harmonised)

Devouring depths of hell Their prey at His command restore;
His ransom’d hosts pursue their way Where Jesus goes before.  ( 4/4  SATB Fugue, second subject, G minor to E flat)

Triumphant in His glory now, To Him all power is given;
To Him in one communion bow All saints in earth and heaven.  ( 4/4  SATB modulate from E flat back to D minor)

While we, His soldiers, praise our King, His mercy we implore,
Within His palace bright to bring And keep us evermore.  ( 3/4  Bass tune, mixed trios, G, C, back to D major)

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem, Your sweetest notes employ,
The Paschal victory to hymn In strains of holy joy.  ( 3/4  SATB G major theme sung a third time)

All glory to the Father be, All glory to the Son,
All glory, Holy Ghost, to Thee, While endless ages run.  ( 4/4 TB/SA alternate, SATB, second subject transformed to G major)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.

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St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB