Easter Music

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Grand Chœur Dialogué – Eugène Gigout

Michael Murray, organist and the Empire Brass, from Six pièces d’orgue (1881) #6 Grand chœur dialogué arr. for Organ, Brass & Percussion by Egil Smedvig

Eugène Gigout/Smedvig - Grand chœur dialogué (1881) arr. for Organ, Brass & Percussion

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury, Choirmaster

King's College Choir - Jesus Christ is risen today

Sing Ye To The Lord – Edward Bairstow

The Choir of Saint Thomas Church, New York, The Saint Thomas Brass Ensemble, John Scott, conductor

Sing Ye to the Lord

Sing ye to the Lord,
for He hath triumphed gloriously.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his host
hath He cast into the sea.

Mighty Victim from the sky,
hell’s fierce powers beneath Thee lie;
Thou hast conquered in the fight,
Thou hast brought us life and light.

Now no more can death appall,
now no more the grave enthrall;
Thou hast opened Paradise,
and in Thee Thy Saints shall rise.

Mighty Victim from the sky,
hell’s fierce powers beneath Thee lie;
Thou hast conquered in the fight,
Thou hast brought us life and light;

Thou hast opened Paradise,
and in Thee Thy Saints shall rise.
Alleluia!
Amen.

Lyricist: Robert Campbell & Exodus 15:21b & 4a

Easter (Five Mystical Songs) – Ralph Vaughan Williams

The themes of resurrection, redemption, and God’s love flow throughout these Five Mystical Songs, written by George Herbert and brilliantly set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Click here to listen to all five.

Stephen Roberts/Sinfonia Chorus/Alan Fearon/Northern Sinfonia of England/Bradley Creswick/Richard Hickox

Five Mystical Songs: Easter

Rise, heart; thy Lord is risen.
Sing his praise, without delays,
Who takes thee by the hand,
that thou likewise with him may’st rise:
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more, Just.

Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part with all thy art.
The cross taught all wood to resound his name,
Who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings what key is best
to celebrate this most high day.

Consort both heart and lute,
and twist a song pleasant and long:
Or since all music is but three parts vied, and multiplied;
O let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
And make up our defects with his sweet art.

Words by George Herbert

Et Resurrexit (Mass in B Minor) – J. S. Bach

The definitive performance by the Münchener Bach Choir und Orchestra, conducted by Karl Richter

BACH - MASS IN B-MINOR - KARL RICHTER (Et resurrexit)

Et resurrexit tertia die secundum Scripturas, et ascendit in coelum, sedet ad dexteram Patris, et iterum venturus est cum gloria, judicare vivos et mortuos, cujus regni non erit finis.

On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.

Welcome, Happy Morning! – arr. Richard Webster

The Choir of Christ Church, Georgetown, Washington, D. C.

Welcome Happy Morning

1. “Welcome, happy morning!”
age to age shall say:
hell today is vanquished;
heav’n is won today.
Lo! the Dead is living,
God forevermore!
Him, their true Creator,
all his works adore.

Refrain:
“Welcome, happy morning!”
age to age shall say:
hell today is vanquished,
heav’n is won today.

2. Maker and Redeemer,
life and health of all,
thou, from heav’n beholding
human nature’s fall,
of the Father’s Godhead
true and only Son,
manhood to deliver,
manhood didst put on. [Refrain]

3. Thou, of life the author,
death didst undergo,
tread the path of darkness,
saving strength to show;
come then, True and Faithful,
now fulfil thy word,
’tis thine own third morning;
rise, O buried Lord. [Refrain]

4. Loose the souls long prisoned,
bound with Satan’s chain;
thine that now are fallen
raise to life again;
show thy face in brightness,
bid the nations see;
bring again our daylight;
day returns with thee. [Refrain]

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #355

Let All The World In Every Corner Sing – Ralph Vaughan Williams

From Five Mystical Songs. Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Douglas Tang, Organist, Stephen Cleobury, Choimaster

The themes of resurrection, redemption, and God’s love flow throughout these Five Mystical Songs, written by George Herbert and brilliantly set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Click here to listen to all five.

King's College Cambridge 2014 Easter #26 Let all the World Vaughan Williams

1. Let all the world in ev’ry corner sing,
“My God and King!”
The heav’ns are not too high,
God’s praise may thither fly;
the earth is not too low,
God’s praises there may grow.
Let all the world in ev’ry corner sing,
“My God and King!”

2. Let all the world in ev’ry corner sing,
“My God and King!”
The church with psalms must shout:
no door can keep them out.
But, more than all, the heart
must bear the longest part.
Let all the world in ev’ery corner sing,
“My God and King!”

Words by George Herbert

Hallelujah (Messiah) – George Frideric Handel

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Stephen Alltop, conductor

''Hallelujah'' chorus, from Händel's Messiah - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Hallelujah!
For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
The kingdom of this world.
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ,
And He shall reign for ever and ever.
King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Hallelujah!

Final from First Symphony – Louis Vierne

Daniel Cook, playing the Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis Organ.

Louis Vierne First Symphony Final mvt. #1

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