Sacred Heart Music Blog

The Second Sunday in Advent

The Prelude this week is an arrangement by J.S. Bach of a movement from Kantate 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140, [also known as Sleepers Wake], He composed the cantata in Leipzig for the 27th Sunday after Trinity and first performed it on 25 November...

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The First Sunday in Advent, 2018

The Church has begun a New Year! Advent marks the start of a new cycle of readings and a new beginning but we begin quietly. The General Instructions of the Roman Missal says: "In Advent, the organ and other musical instruments should be used with a moderation that is...

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The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prelude: Symphonie 2 ‘V. Adagio’ Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) Offertory, Sunday at 11:00 a.m.: Expectans Expectavi Charles Wood The poem is by Captain Charles Hamilton Sorley (19 May 1895 – 13 October 1915) a British Army officer who fought in the WW I. He was...

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The 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prelude: Symphonie 2 II. Pastoral Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) The Pastoral begins with a solo melody played on the oboe accompanied by the flute - very "pastorial". Can you see the sheep? Then several different themes are heard. But they are all related in some...

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27 Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Praeludium Circulare” Symphonie 2 [Final Version 1928/29] Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937) is a piece of music that Widor worked on throughout his life. He changed it by recomposing, and reworking the piece four or five times. The final version goes through all the...

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Trinity Sunday

Prelude: The Mystery of the Holy Trinity from Glorious Bodies by Oliver Messiaen This is the last of seven compositions that form Glorious Bodies. The cycle was finished in August 1939 just before the Second Wold War began. The entire piece is dedicated to the number...

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Find mp3 recordings of the Sacred Heart choir below.  These are amateur recordings taken by choir members throughout the liturgical year.  Please be cautious when listening with headphones, as there are sudden volume changes due to music dynamics and noises in the...

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