Happy Thanksgiving, Choristers!

I’m sorry I haven’t been updating much lately–I took a little break. But with the holidays upon us, I think it’s time for some new posts! Here is a little bit of Thanksgiving history. Well, sort of.

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I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving Day! 🙂

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God Moves in a Mysterious Way — Britten

Here is the text for the 2nd hymn, which comes at the end of the cantata. I cannot find a good recording of it to post here, but I think you already know this one more thoroughly than the first hymn.

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up his bright designs,
And works his sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Amen.

All right! Now get to work! 🙂

All People That on Earth Do Dwell — Britten

Hello, Choristers! I cannot believe I haven’t posted for a month. Time to fix that, don’t you think? 🙂

As promised, here is some text for you to work on at home. We are so close to being fully memorized–let’s get it done so we can spend more time on Friday Afternoons!

All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice:
Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell,
Come ye before Him and rejoice.

O enter then His gates with praise,
Approach with joy His courts unto,
Praise, laud and bless His name always,
For it is seemly so to do.

For why? The Lord our God is good:
His mercy is forever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.
Amen.

Here is a recording to study. I suggest you start at 3:29 into the recording. You will here about a minute of what comes before this hymn–the choir sings, and then the hymn just starts without introduction. We well need to be prepared for that.

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