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SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2020: THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

All services are being held online while we observe COVID-19 safety guidelines.

While we are away from each other, please enjoy these musical offerings lovingly created by Dr.  Paolo Bordignon, St. Bartholomew’s Choir, and musicians of the parish.

Sing my soul his wondrous love, from Three Hymn Anthems (1955)
Ned Rorem (b. 1923)

St. Bartholomew’s Choir
Paolo Bordignon, Organist and Choirmaster

Help us, O Lord, from Four Motets
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
St. Bartholomew’s Choir
Paolo Bordignon, Organist and Choirmaster

Written in 1921 for a cappella mixed voices, Copland’s Four Motets remained unpublished until 1979. They were composed while he was studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. We know from Copland and Boulanger’s correspondence that the pieces were rehearsed by Melville Smith and first performed by the Paris-American-Gargenville Chorus in 1924. Boulanger herself conducted them shortly thereafter, and gave their first Paris performance in 1937. Writing to Copland about them in 1924, Boulanger tells the composer that “after daily rehearsals under Melville Smith the chorus has really done marvelously. Those motets sound in the voices in a stunning manner.”

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Jubilate Deo, Morning Service in B-flat, Op. 10
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
St. Bartholomew’s Choir
Paolo Bordignon, Organist and Choirmaster

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O Beata Trinitas
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1545-94)
St. Bartholomew’s Choir
Paolo Bordignon, Organist and Choirmaster

The interplay of the five vocal lines, sometimes in a gentle cascade and at other times rising ecstatically toward the heavens, points to the otherworldly in Palestrina’s exquisite and refined musical style. For some, the frequent crossing of voices suggests the sign of the cross, the physical gesture of marking one’s self and actions in the name of the Trinity.

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Coelos ascendit hodie by Charles Villiers Stanford
St. Bartholomew’s Choir
Paolo Bordignon, Organist and Choirmaster
Headphones recommended for full antiphonal effect

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A virtual performance by St. Bartholomew’s Choir of “Surrexit Pastor Bonus” by Lassus, with an afterword by Organist & Choirmaster Paolo Bordignon about the work, the composer, and what virtue there may be in “virtual” performances.

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From our wonderful 9 am section leaders at Easter: This week, we would give anything to be able to sing together in person, so the St. Bart’s Singers Section Leaders decided to record one of the pieces we missed singing this year: Henry Purcell’s “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord.” Recording our parts individually is a solitary process, and it can’t replace the experience or quality of actual ensemble singing, but the opportunity to collaborate and to hear our voices joined together virtually is a balm, while we must be apart.

Enjoy this beautiful group offering from St. Bartholomew’s Choir, Dr. Paolo Bordignon, Choirmaster


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