Sunday 12th February 2023 Seocond before Lent/Sexagesima
Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612), German composer and organist shows his debt to Andrea Gabrieli, with whom he studied, in this Mass setting. He embraces the principles of Italianate vocal style, and although the Missa super Dixit Maria (composed after a his own motet of the same name) is by no means as complex as many settings by his Italian predecessors, it goes about declaiming the text with clarity and integrity.
Maurice Greene (1696-1755) enjoyed a remarkably successful musical career; by 1735 Greene, although not yet 40 years old, held all the major musical appointments in the country i.e. Organist of St. Paul's Cathedral, Organist and Composer to the Chapel Royal, Professor of Music at Cambridge University and Master of the King's Musick. Set in cheery triple metre, Thou visitest the earth celebrates God’s bounteous gifts in creation.
Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) is a Norwegian composer who currently lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a freelance composer and recording artist. His musical style is influenced by classical, jazz and folk music. He studied at the Norwegian Academy, the Royal College of Music, and the Julliard School. Ubi Caritas received its North American premiere at the 2007 American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Miami where it was performed by the Swedish choir Voces Nordicae, to whom the anthem is dedicated. The composer writes: ‘As with Maurice Duruflé’s beautiful Ubi caritas from 1960, this setting also draws inspiration from the Gregorian chant tradition. While reflective of the chant style, this composition is entirely original and is not based on any existing chants.’
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Where charity and love are, there God is.
The love of Christ has gathered us into one.
Let us exult, and in Him be joyful.
Let us fear and let us love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love each other