The Ascension of the Lord (2015)

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Entrance Praise him as he mounts the skies
Kyrie Kyrie for 3 voices adapted from Byrd (mcb)
Gloria Psallite
Psalm Ps 46 (Shaun MacCarthy)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Alleluia (chant)
Prayers of Intercession Stay with us, Lord (mcb)
Preparation of the Gifts Viri Gallilei (William Byrd, c.1540-1623)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Spring Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei Lamb of God II (mcb)
Communion There is one Lord (Taizé)
Postcommunion Ascendit Deus (Ferdinand Schaller, 1875-1921)
Recessional Alleluia, sing to Jesus

We had two contrasting choral reflections for today’s feast, in Byrd’s extended setting of the Introit, and Schaller’s simple miniature in Cecilian idiom, setting the text of the Gospel acclamation. The latter piece was another interesting CPDL find, from a composer about whom it seems hard to find very much information. (The slim biographical information available tends to be limited to a note that Herr Schaller met his tragic end in a snowstorm.) Ellie Slorach directed the Byrd, and Rebecca Fenwick the Schaller.

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