Featured Choral Evensong from Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Thomas Cranmer, 1556
Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr
This week’s featured Choral Evensong took place on March 21, 2018. That evening we commemorated Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop and Martyr, March 21 being the day of his death in 1556. The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston, former Acting Dean of Trinity Cathedral, was the homilist.
The Trinity Chamber Singers sang music by American and English composers. The Preces and Responses were sung to the expressive setting by Gerre Hancock (1934-2012). Dr. Hancock was for 31 years Organist & Master of Choristers at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City.
The canticles and anthem are by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Purcell is one of the greatest of all English composers. No native-born composer was as highly regarded until Elgar, Vaughan-Williams and Britten in the 20th century. The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are Purcell’s setting in B-flat, and the anthem is his magnificent “Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei.” This remarkable work is one of only two sacred Latin motets by Purcell, probably dating from about 1680. The music combines what were at the time progressive and conservative styles in a work that is both gripping and deeply moving.
The final hymn (#347 “Go forth for God”) is one of the great hymns of the 20th century. Eric Routley called the tune LITTON in tribute to American church musician James Litton. March 21 is Bach’s birthday, and you’ll hear a movement from Bach’s ART OF FUGUE as the closing voluntary.
The Trinity Chamber Singers
Todd Wilson, choirmaster & Nicole Keller, organist
Homilist: The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston, Acting Dean Trinity Cathedral
Opening Preces Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)
Office Hymn #590 CHARTERHOUSE
Psalm 119: 73-80 Anglican Chant (H. Skeats)
First Lesson — Acts 8:26-39
Magnificat Service in B-Flat Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Second Lesson — Luke 2:25-35
Nunc Dimittis Henry Purcell
Responses, Lord’s Prayer, and Collects
Collect For the Day
Greeting and Homily
Anthem Jehova, Quam Multi Sunt Hostes Henry Purcell
Concluding Versicle and Response
Hymn 347 EVENTIDE
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