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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, December 29, 2013

Location: North Carolina, USA
Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday from 8-11 a.m. eastern time on The Classical Station.
 
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08:02:00
Camille Saint-Saëns: O salutaris hostia
Stefan Johannes Bleicher, organ
1888 Walcker organ at the Winterthur Stadtkirche, Germany
 
Tiffany M. Skidmore: Peace
Kiev Philharmonic; Chamber Choir KYIV, Robert Ian Winstin
 
African-American spiritual, arr. Undine Smith Moore: We Shall Walk Through the Valley
VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, Philip Brunelle
 
Stefan Johannes Bleicher (1962-) studied organ and improvisation with Lionel Rogg. Tiffany
Skidmore's "Peace" is written for double choir and orchestra. "The text for this work is an
amalgamation of quotations from the Dhammapada, the Bible, The Tao, The Quran, and the
Promulgation of Universal Peace." [Source: Composers Forum] VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
is a 32-voice professional chorus based in Minneapolis.
 
08:14:52
Cyril Jenkins: Dawn
John Balka, organ
Ruffati organ in St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco
 
Z. Randall Stroope: There is no rose
Meredith College Chorale
Bethany King, violin
 
Mark Hayes: Psalm 150, Praise the Lord!
Turtle Creek Chorale, Timothy Seelig
Christopher Berry, organ
 
Cyril Jenkins (1889-1978) was a composer of British light music. Dr. Stroope is the
Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Mark Hayes (1953-) is an American composer.
 
08:34:16
Maria Theresia von Paradis: Sicilienne
Haig Mardirosian, organ
Dobson organ at Sykes Chapel, University of Tampa
 
Robert Ashford: The Lord's Prayer
Choir of the New York State University at Fredonia, Gerald Gray
 
William Mundy: Magnificat
Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly
 
Some writers claim that Mozart wrote his piano concerto K456 for Maria Theresia von
Paradis (1759-1824). Dr. Robert Ashford is a Professor of Law at Syracuse University
College of Law as well as being a composer. William Mundy (1529–1591) was a Tudor
composer about whom we know very little.
 
08:51:44
Pietro A. Yon: Tocatina for Flute
David Hicken, organ
 
Sir William Harris: Faire is the heaven
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
 
Italian born Pietro Yon (1886-1943) was organist of New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral from 1928
to 1943 when he was incapacitated by a massive stroke. Sir William Harris (1883-1973) was organist
of St. George's Chapel, Windsor from 1933 to 1961.
 
09:01:22
J.S. Bach: Cantata 152, "Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn"
Holland Boys' Choir, Pieter Jan Leusink
Ruth Holton, soprano; Bas Ramselaar, bass
 
The opening sinfonia to this cantata is a marvel of musical writing in the French overture style.
 
09:21:23
Pierre de la Rue: Missa lucunditate
Henry's 8
 
Pierre de la Rue (1452-1518) was a contemporary of Josquin des Prez.
 
09:51:12
Felix Mendelssohn: Allegro, Chorale and Fugue in D
John Scott, organ
Mander organ in St. Paul's Cathedral, London
 
John Scott (1956-) was an Organ Scholar at St. John's College, Cambridge from 1974-78 under Dr. George Guest.
 
10:01:04
George Frideric Handel: Messiah: Part 1
Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh
Dorothea Roschmann, soprano I; Susan Gritton, soprano II;
Bernarda Fink, contralto; Charles Daniels, tenor;
Neal Davies, bass
 
Handel wrote Part I of Messiah in an astonishing six days. Indeed the entire oratorio was written in twenty-four days.
 
10:52:43
Louis Vierne: Carillon de Westminster, Op. 54 No. 6
David Hill, organ
Willis/Harrison & Harrison organ in Westminster Cathedral
 
Vierne's Carillon de Westminster was the composer's response to Henry Willis' theme for an improvisation. Willis didn't
realize that Vierne was blind. When he hummed the theme based on the Westminster chime apparently either
Willis didn't hum the tune correctly or Vierne didn't hear it. That's why the chime is not quite right. Whether this is
rumor or the truth is something which we shall let the musicologists debate.