…on today’s Solemnity, the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (this year moved to today because of the 2nd Sunday of Advent). This is my most favorite setting of the Ave Maria, and I love how Franz Biebl set a portion of the Angelus text with its Hail Marys. I hope you enjoy this one of many online recordings of this gorgeous work.
Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us.
A great motet for today’s Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul!
Tu es Petrus
et super hanc petram ædificabo ecclesiam meam
et portæ inferi non prævalebunt adversus eam.
Et tibi dabo claves regni cælorum.
You are Peter,
And upon this Rock I will build My Church:
and the gates of hell shall not overcome it.
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
Here is another gorgeous piece of polyphony, by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) that the choir will be working on before the end of the choral year.
“As the deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.” Psalm 42
A gorgeous piece of polyphony in English.
Okay, choir members, this is what we’re aiming for at rehearsal tonight!