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Ordo musicae: Gaudete Sunday

December 10, 2010

This coming Sunday is Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, on which rose vestments are worn and the penitential mood lightened a bit.  This has practical musical consequences, as the organ is allowed to be used even in solo fashion.

December 12, Gaudete Sunday

Prelude:  J.S. Bach (1685-1750):  Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659

Hymn:  Rejoice, Rejoice Believers (Haf trones lampa fardig)

Asperges (chant)

Propers from the Graduale Romanum

Palestrina (1525-1594) Missa Brevis

Credo I

Offertory Motet:  Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611):  Conditor alme siderum

Closing Hymn:  On Jordan’s Bank (Winchester New)

Postlude:  Bach:  Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661

The two Bach pieces which I will play are some of my favorites.  They are both elaborations on the German chorale Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, which itself is an adaption of the chant Veni Redemptor Gentium.  The prelude consists of a coloratura, a florid elaboration of the melody in a single solo voice with accompaniment.  The postlude consists of a fugue, played by full organ, with the melody in the pedal, drawn out into longer note values.  Both these pieces are part of the eighteen Leipzig Chorale Preludes.

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