Sacred Heart Music Blog

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prelude: Fugue in d minor (the fiddle). Bach transcribed this fugue for organ from the original fugue found in the Sonata for Solo Violin No.1 in G minor BWV 1001. Here is the link to the original: https://youtu.be/RG7rx3BO6JY. The organ version has a different BWV...

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The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019

Prelude:  Pastoral Milhaud was born in Marseille, the son of Sophie (Allatini) and Gabriel Milhaud. His father was from a Jewish family from Aix-en-Provence, and his mother was from a Sephardi Jewish family from Italy. Milhaud began as a violinist, later turning to...

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prelude, Sunday at 8:00: Symphonie II 'I. 'Praeludium Circulare' Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). The first movement of this organ symphony was reworked three or four times over his very long life. This is the final version. It moves through all the keys and returns...

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Baptism of the Lord

Processional: Songs of Thankfulness and Praise was written by Christopher Wordsworth (1807 - 1885), the nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honors, in...

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Epiphany

Prelude: The March of the Magi Kings. Theodore Dubois (1837-1924) is a very strange piece. The French elite were in love with everything "Eastern". Here is The Death of Sardanapalus (La Mort de Sardanapale) an oil painting on canvas by Eugène Delacroix, dated 1827. It...

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The Third Sunday in Advent or Gaudate Sunday

Prelude: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland [BWV 659]* Martin Luther (1483 - 1546) Based Veni Redemptor Gentium by St. Ambrose [Aurelius Ambrosius] ( c. 340 – 397). Here is a link to the original: Latin.https://youtu.be/1yZr3w7YHuQ. This music is from a large body of...

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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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