MUSIC AND LITURGY
SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
In John’s Gospel read today, we hear one of the most beloved passages in all of the Gospels: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” At both the 9 am and 11 am services, two contrasting settings of this text will be sung by the choirs.
At the 9 am service, St. Bart’s Singers will sing an unaccompanied setting by the contemporary British composer and arranger Bob Chilcott. Chilcott began his training as a boy chorister and choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and sang as a member of the vocal group The King’s Singers for twelve years. Over the past seven years he has poured his energy into the amateur choir world as a composer, conductor and choral clinician, with an emphasis on work with and for young singers. He is presently the most published of contemporary choral composers.
At 11 am, St. Bartholomew’s Choir will sing a setting of these words in German, by the great 17th-century composer Heinrich Schutz. Schutz was the Kapellmeister to the Elector of Saxony in Dresden from 1615 - 1646 and as such published several collections of sacred music in both German and Latin. His Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt comes from his collection of Sacred Symphonies, Op. 10, published in Dresden in 1647