Saturday, October 16, 2010

Domine, dominus noster

This is the Communion hymn for this week, the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, or Proper 24.  Here's the mp3 from JoguesChant, and here's the score:

It's a wonderful text, the first verse of Psalm 8:
1 O LORD our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world!
2 Out of the mouths of infants and children *
your majesty is praised above the heavens.
3 You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, *
to quell the enemy and the avenger.
4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, *
the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,
5 What is man that you should be mindful of him? *
the son of man that you should seek him out?
6 You have made him but little lower than the angels; *
you adorn him with glory and honor;
7 You give him mastery over the works of your hands; *
you put all things under his feet:
8 All sheep and oxen, *
even the wild beasts of the field,
9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, *
and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.
10 O LORD our Governor, *
how exalted is you Name in all the world!

Here's a really nice video
of the St. Peter's Choir (in Philadelphia, and Episcopal, I think) singing Barry Rose's version of "O Lord Our Governor":

And here's a plainsong version of the Psalm with fauxbourdon by Gerre Hancock; I've sung this one, in fact. Here it's done by "the choir of the Royal School of Church Music Washington Course for Advanced Trebles with lovely DC-area choir members singing ATB."

And why not? I'll just post this smashing Anglican Chant Psalm again, along with its Coverdale text!

1 O Lord our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world *
thou that has set thy glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies *
that thou mightest still the enemy, and the avenger.
3 For I will consider thy heavens, even the works of thy fingers *
the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained.
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him *
and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5 Thou madest him lower than the angels *
to crown him with glory and worship.
6 Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy hands *
and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet;
7 All sheep and oxen *
yea, and the beasts of the field;
8 The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea *
and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord our Governor *
how excellent is thy Name in all the world!

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