MUSIC AND LITURGY


NOVEMBER 2, 2014: THE TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST


This Sunday we celebrate the feast of All Saints, honoring known saints as well as unknown. At 9:00 the St. Bart’s Singers will offer the “Pie Jesu,” from John Rutter’s Requiem. The text comes from the end of the Sequence appointed for Requiem Masses, the Dies Irae: “Blessed Jesu, grant them rest eternal.”

At 11:00 we will hear “And I saw a new Heaven” by Edgar Bainton. One of the classics of English church music, this is Bainton’s most well-known composition. Its text is taken from the book of Revelation, and all the fear and comfort of the prophecy is vividly illustrated in the music.

At communion the St. Bartholomew’s choir will offer “The Beatitudes” of Arvo Pärt. Pärt is a contemporary minimalist composer who is influenced by the freedom of Gregorian chant. His compositional technique, which he calls tintinnabuli, involves extensive voice-crossing.

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