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In Praise Of Music

In Praise of Music
presented by
The Choral Guild Of Atlanta


Mass in G - Franz Schubert
    William Noll, Guest Conductor
    Choral Guild of Atlanta Conductor, January 1978 - December 1992, with Allison Mion, soprano, Cleyton Pulzi, tenor, 
    and Jason Arnold, bass.

I was Glad - C.H.H. Parry

A Hymn For St. Cecelia - Herbert Howells

Jubilate Deo - John Erickson (world-premiere performance)

The Old 100th Psalm Tune  - Ralph Vaughan Williams


I Was Glad, or in Latin, Laetatus sum, is a traditional text sung at the coronation of every British monarch since King Charles I in the year 1625. The text is taken from Psalm 122:

I was glad when they said unto me : We will go into the house of the Lord.
Our feet shall stand in thy gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is built as a city that is at unity in itself.
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls and plenteousness within thy palaces.

This musical setting by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry was composed in 1902 and utilizes only verses 1-3, 6 and 7 of the Psalm. King Edward VII was the subject of the piece the year it was written. The main theme of the Psalm is a prayer for peace and prosperity in the holy city of Jerusalem which remains a fervent prayer of the faithful to this day. The musical mood is that of a celebratory fanfare at the beginning and ending with a quiet middle section representing the much sought after peace.

Herbert Howells composed A Hymn for St. Cecilia  as a musical setting of the poem by Ursula Vaughan Williams, the wife of Ralph, the composer of the previous piece on the program. Howells was a prolific composer in his own right, and was a friend and colleague of Vaughan Williams, both composers having composed countless works for the English church and beyond. St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music, and Ursula's poem is an image filled celebration of the enduring presence and inspiration of music. The text and music combine in a perfect marriage of word and song.

This is the first performance of Jubilate Deo, a work commissioned by the Choral Guild of Texas composer John Erickson as part of our 75th anniversary celebration. The work is a modern amalgamation of several "praise" texts both in Latin and English. Its length suggests concert usage while its subject matter is completely sacred in praise of music and God as the one worthy of glory and honor. Both voices and tone chimes are utilized to create a "pealing" effect of clangor and joy.

The Mass No. 2 in G major  by Franz Schubert is the best known of his three "shorter" masses composed between the more substantial first and fifth, and eventually sixth, mass settings. Fresh off the success of the performance of the first mass at Schubert's home parish, he wrote this more modest arrangement for strings and organ. His style seeks to create an overall devotional mood of the religious text of each movement, and he does so without much musical drama and romanticism. This Mass has become one of Schubert's most popular and often performed works for chorus.

The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune, better known as the Doxology hymn tune in many Christian denominations, was originally found in the Genevan Psalter accompanied by text from Psalm 134. The melody's current name developed out of its later association with words from the 100th Psalm paraphrased by William Kethe. The tune was composed by Louis Bourgeois and is in long meter, or LM, and because of its popularity is commonly sung with other words as well.