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Easter 7 - 24th May

Hymn: Hail thee festival day (NEH 109 - Ascension verses)  

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Hail thee festival day

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Mendelssohn Sonata VI Allegro

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Allegro from Sonata VI – Felix Mendelssohn

This Sonata is a set of variations on the chorale melody ‘Vater unser im Himmelreich’ (The Lord’s Prayer). Mendelssohn was himself an accomplished organist and a great influence on his generation, especially in promoting the organ works of J.S. Bach. Recorded last year on the digital realization of Hereford Cathedral for a CD of English Organ Works.

Ascension Day - 21st May

Hymn: The head that once was crowned with thorns (NEH 134)

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The head that once was crowned with thorns

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Heut triumphieret BWV 630

The head that once was crowned with thorns (NEH 134).
Recorded in St. Martin’s on Ascension Day last year.
Not a high quality recording but good to hear our congregation singing together!

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Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn BWV 630 - J.S. Bach

(Today God’s Son triumphs, Hallelujah!)
This bold festive chorale, from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, is associated with Easter and Ascensiontide.  It uses a four-bar passacaglia bass in the pedals until the final three bars which explode in a final Hallelujah! Recorded by me at home using Hauptwerk software and a 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ in the church of St. Maurice, Ebersmunster, Alsace, France

 

Easter 6 - 17th May

Hymn: A brighter dawn is breaking (NEH 102)

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n.b. verse 4!

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A brighter dawn is breaking

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BWV 625 and 628

Click here for the Michael Overbury Kyrie and Gloria (10th May)

Psalm 65 (Fielding) - please click to download the Psalm for Easter 6.

Click here for the Regina Coeli (3rd May) or The Angelus (26th April)

Voluntary

Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 625 & Erstanden ist der heilge Christ BWV 628 - J.S. Bach

Two Easter chorale preludes from the Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book). The first ('Christ lay in death’s dark prison, it was our sins that bound him' – Luther), has been described by Dupré as representing ‘the descent by the holy woman step by step, down to the holy tomb’. The second ('Risen is the Holy Christ') represents what Mary Magdalene discovered when she arrived!

Easter 5 - 10th May

Hymn: ‘Love’s redeeming work is done’ (NEH 113)

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Recorded in SSM on 19th May 2019

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Love’s redeeming work is done’

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Kyrie and Gloria - Overbury

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O Filii - Demessieux

Kyrie & Gloria (Overbury) - recorded in SSM on 19th May 2019

Voluntary

O Filii - Variations composed by Jeanne Demessieux

An imaginative and colourful set of short variations on this well-known 17th century Easter melody used for the words of hymn 125 in the NEH ‘O sons and daughters of the King’.

Easter 4 - 3rd May

Hymn: The Lord is ris’n indeed! (NEH 118)

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The Lord is ris’n indeed! 

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Regina Coeli

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Christ ist erstanden v.3

The Regina Coeli

Joy to thee, O Queen of heaven, alleluia:
He who thou was meet to bear, alleluia:
He has risen as he said, alleluia:
Pour for us to God thy prayer, alleluia!


V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord is Risen indeed, alleluia.

Priest:   Let us pray.
O God, who by the Resurrection of thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
didst vouchsafe to give joy to the whole world:
we beseech thee, that through the intercession of his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
through the same Christ our Lord.

People: Amen.

Sung in place of the Angelus during the season of Easter and attributed to Saint Gregory who is said to have heard angels singing the first three lines while he was taking part in a procession in Rome. He added the fourth line later. This translation fits with the hymn tune EASTER HYMN (NEH 110), used at St. Martin’s. https://hymnary.org/hymn/NEH1985/110

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Chorale Prelude: Christ ist erstanden v.3 BWV 627 - J.S. Bach

Alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia!
We should all be joyful at this,
Christ wants to be a consolation.
Lord have mercy

The final verse of three from this Easter chorale prelude, set by Bach in The Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book).  Bach writes a pedal part that suggests Christ stamping down the power of death in his ‘harrowing of hell’.

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Easter 3 - 26th April

Hymn: Hail thee, Festival Day! (NEH 109)

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Hail thee, Festival Day!

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Christ ist erstanden, verse 2 - J.S. Bach

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The Angelus

The Angelus
Led by Fr. David and sung by you!

Voluntary

Chorale Prelude: Christ ist erstanden v.2 BWV 627 - J.S. Bach

If he were not risen,
then the world would be lost.
Since he is risen,
we praise the father of Jesus Christ.
Lord have mercy

The second of the three verses of this Easter chorale set by Bach in The Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book).  Bach includes ten rising-scale figures (figura),  in this setting which are thought to represent the 10 disciples remaining after the resurrection.

Easter 2 - 19th April

Hymn: Now is eternal life (NEH 114)

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Now is eternal life

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Christ ist erstanden chorale & v.1

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Chorale Prelude: Christ ist erstanden v.1 BWV 627 - J.S. Bach

Christ is risen
from all his torments,
we should all be joyful at this,
Christ wants to be our consolation.
Lord have mercy.

Bach sets three verses of this Easter chorale in The Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book). You will hear one of his harmonisations of the chorale followed this week by the first verse. This is a bold, victorious setting with the chorale melody in the top part accompanied by repeated ostinato figures in the pedal and inner parts. Each verse of the chorale ends with words from the Kyrie eleison

Easter Sunday 12th April

Hymn: Thine be the glory!

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Sing your part in the BBC Sunday Worship – 08.10am BBC Radio 4: Click here

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Thine be the glory!

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Easter Processions

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Chorale Prelude: Christ ist erstanden v.1 BWV 627 - J.S. Bach

The recording included here has been made by the organist Graham Eccles on his home practice organ especially for the BBC. Either record your vocal contribution (follow online instructions), or sing along on Sunday morning or just listen in anytime using BBC iPlayer.

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Easter Processions – David Coram (1976-2019)
This piece was improvised by David Coram on the organ in Romsey Abbey on New Year’s Eve, 2006. It is the third movement of a nine-movement improvisation entitled ‘Requiem’. The recording was given to Robert and he has transcribed the work and made a recording of his own. The title ‘Easter Processions’ has been adopted by Robert. The piece is joyful from the start and features a dialogue for two trumpets which work towards a triumphant fanfare for full organ, followed by a reflective ending and a quote from the Easter chant, Victimae Paschali.    

Saturday - 11th April

Hymn: With Christ we share a mystic grave (NEH 317)

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With Christ we share a mystic grave

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Herzlich tut - Brahms

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Herzlich tut mich verlangen op.122 no.10 - J. Brahms

‘I do desire dearly a blessed end.’

Brahms set this chorale twice in his set of eleven works based on German chorale melodies. These were the last works he would write in 1896. The melody was originally a secular love song written around 1600 by Hassler! It is more commonly known as the melody for the Passiontide hymn, ‘O sacred head, sore wounded’ (NEH 90).    

Good Friday - 10th April

Hymn: All ye who seek a comfort sure (NEH 63)

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All ye who seek a comfort sure

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Popule Meus - Sarum St Martin's

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Ich ruf zu dir - J.S. Bach

Motet
Popule meus - T.L. de Victoria (1548-1611)

Improperia or Reproaches

My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!
I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom, but you led your Saviour to the cross.
Holy is God! Holy and strong!
Holy immortal One, have mercy on us.

Produced by Sam Hunt, a member of the SSM choir, this recording has been put together from contributions offered by our singers at home using phones and laptops to record their parts. Traditionally sung on Good Friday afternoon, this penitential work expresses the remonstrance of Christ with his people and uses texts in Latin and Greek (and here the plainchant verses in English).

Voluntary

Ich ruf zu dir BWV639 - J.S. Bach
‘‘I cry to thee Lord Jesus Christ’ or ‘Lord, hear the voice of my complaint’.
One of Bach’s most personal settings from the Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book), in which we can hear the prayer of the title portrayed as the accompanying semiquavers rise above to join the pitch of the chorale melody.  Both hymn and voluntary were recorded in St. Martin’s earlier this year.

Maundy Thursday - 8th April

Hymn: Lord Jesus, think on me (NEH 70)

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Thine be the glory!

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Attende Domine - Demessieux

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Attende, Domine - Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968)
‘Hear us O Lord, have mercy upon us.’
A pupil of Dupré and organist at La Madeleine, Paris, Jeanne Demessieux had a prodigious memory (c.2,500 works!). The response melody from the Lent Prose that is normally sung at the start of Mass during Lent is here clothed in sumptuous harmony. The final section features a canon between left hand and pedal with the verse melody of the Lent Prose sounding above. The work closes with a peaceful unfolding cadence. 

A PRAYER FOR OUR PARISH

Almighty God, you have made us members of Christ and of his Church in this parish. May we as a congregation reach upwards to your throne in worship and adoration: inwards to one another in understanding and fellowship; and outwards to the world in evangelism and social compassion. Make us like a city set on a hill whose light cannot be hidden, so that men and women may find Christ as the Light of the World, and his Church as the family of the redeemed, and eternal life as the gift of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

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