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Chancel Choir Sermon in Song

Chancel Choir

October 31, 2010
Ephesians 1:11-23

Chilcott Requiem

Chancel Choir Sermon in Song


by Bob Chilcott 

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Born in Plymouth, England, Bob Chilcott began his musical journey as a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge, under Sir David Willcocks.  He became acquainted with the great music of the church there, and was featured as a boy soprano soloist in the famous 1968 recording of the Fauré Requiem by the King’s College Choir.  He later became a member of the world renowned vocal group, The King’s Singers, has been a full-time composer since 1997 and is the Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers.

Chilcott’s setting of the traditional Requiem texts omits the Dies Irae and Libera Me sections.  As he has explained, “I have difficulty with the idea of this wrathful, vengeful God, so it dictated to me a gentle work.”  Instead, he chose to insert the prayer, Thou knowest, Lord, from The Book of Common Prayer, 1662.

The Requiem was commissioned jointly by the Oxford Bach Choir and Music at Oxford in England, and by the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas.  It was first performed in March, 2010, in both England and in Dallas.

 – from program notes by Terri Price, PHPC, Dallas

 1. Introit and Kyrie

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem.

Exaudi orationem meam.

Ad te omnis caro veniet.

Kyrie eleison.  Christe eleison.

Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and light perpetual shine on them.

Thou art praised in Sion, O God, and homage shall be paid to thee in Jerusalem.

Hear my prayer.

All flesh shall come before thee.

Lord have mercy.  Christ have mercy.

 2. Offertorio

 Domine Jesu Christe, Rex gloriae, libera animas omnium fidelium defunctorum de poenis inferni et de profundo lacu.

Libera eas de ore leonis, ne absorbeat tartarus, ne cadant in obscurum.

Hostias et preces tibi, Domine, laudis offerimus.

Tu suscipe pro animabus illis, quarum hodie memoriam facimus.

Fac eas, Domine, de morte transire ad vitam, quam olim Abrahae promisisti et semini ejus.

 Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, free the souls of all the faithful departed from the pains of hell and from the deep pit.

Free them from the jaws of the lion, lest hell engulf them, lest they fall into darkness.

 In praise we offer to thee, Lord, sacrifices and prayers.

Receive them for the souls of those we remember this day.

Make them, Lord, pass from death to life, as thou didst promise Abraham and his seed.

3. Pie Jesu

 Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem.

Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis sempiternam requiem.

Gentle Lord Jesu, grant them rest.

Gentle Lord Jesu, grant them eternal rest.

 4. Sanctus

 Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth.

Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.

Hosanna in excelsis.

Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.

Hosanna in excelsis.

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Hosts.

Heaven and earth are full of thy glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who cometh in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 5. Agnus Dei

 Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona eis requiem, sempiternam requiem.

 O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant them rest, eternal rest.

 6. Thou knowest, Lord

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayer; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Savior, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from thee.

 7. Lux aeterna

Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Requiem aeternam.

Eternal light shine on them, O Lord, with thy saints for ever, for thou art good.

Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and light perpetual shine on them.

Eternal rest.

Soloists are Meaghan Heath, Mezzo-Soprano; Kai Griffin, Tenor.  Instrumentalists are Stephen Key, Oboe; Rachel Lopez, Flute; Hilary Scop, Clarinet; Patrick Hughes, Horn; Nathan A. Langfitt, Timpani; Martha Carapetyan, Contractor.  Scott McNulty, Organ.  The Chancel Choir is directed by Ara Carapetyan.