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St. Machar’s Cathedral Music for May 2023

The month of May continues a wide historical range of music both for choir and for organ. The music ranges from the delightful Ave Maria, attributed to the sixteenth century Italian composer Arcadelt, with a passing reference to his English contemporary Thomas Tallis, to an early twentieth century composer from France (Fauré), and more recent music from Britain by Grayston Ives.

With organ music this month, the early seventeenth century German composer, Samuel Scheidt – a pioneer in organ music – is featured. Two different musical strands are heard in his many series of Chorale settings, which show both German and Italian influences. The three books of his massive and comprehensive collection, Tabulatura Nova of 1624, present an invaluable source of organ music of the day. In turn they became highly influential on subsequent generations. Other pieces by the Italian composer, Frescobaldi, and the Danish-born Buxtehude, show further influences on the young J.S.Bach.

1. Sunday May 7th.

Music before the Service:

Vita Santorum Deus Angelus                                                             S.Scheidt (1587-1654)

Introit¨Ave Maria                                                                             J.Arcadelt (c.1510-1568)

Anthem: Sing we merrily                                                                   S.Campbell (1909-1974)

Recessional: Canzona in d BWV588                                                   J.S.Bach  (1685-1750)

2. Saturday May 13th at 10 a.m.

Coronation Service for His Majesty King Charles III

(Special music for this Service arranged by the Lord Lieutenants of Aberdeen City and shire and the Lord Provost of Aberdeen)


3. Sunday May 14th.

Music before the Service:
Magnificat in 8th tone                                                                         S.Scheidt (1587-1654)

Introit: If ye love me                                                                          T.Tallis c.1505-1585)

Anthem: Cantique de Jean Racine                                                        G.Fauré (`1845-1924)

Recessional: Toccata in G                                                                   G.Frescobaldi (1583-1643)

4. Sunday May 21st

Music before the Service:

Magnificat in 5th ton                                                                          S.Scheidt (1587-16545)

Introit: Veni Creator                                                                          Plainchant

Anthem: Christe Redemptor                                                               F.Couperin (1668-1733)

Recessional: Komm, Heiliger Geist                                                       D.Buxtehude (1637-1707)

5. Sunday May 28th. Pentecost.

Music before the Service:

Veni Creator Spiritus                                                                          S.Scheidt (1587-1654)

Introit: Lead me, Lord                                                                        S.S.Wesley (1810-1876)

Anthem: Listen, sweet Dove                                                               Grayston Ives (b.1948)


Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heilige Geist, BWV 631                                     J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

(RBW. 3.5.2023)