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Music for Autumn 2022:

St Machar’s Music for December 2022

As we move into the heart of Advent, so the music sung and played will reflect this season of anticipation. The Introits will be from Plainchants – both old and recently written pieces. The Anthems will be taken from the riches of polyphonic music of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Based around the wonderful Chorale Preludes by Bach included in his Little Organ Book, the organ music will also reflect some of the richness of recent French traditions and will also include music written by the British composer Cecilia McDowall.

December 4th. 2nd Sunday in Advent.

Music before the Service: Gottes Sohn ist kommen, BWV 600:                                   J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

 O Sapientia                                                                                                                                        Cecilia McDowall (b.1951)

Introit:     Hark a herald-voice is calling:                                                                                  J.Harper (b.1947)

Anthem:    Alma Redemptoris Mater:                                                                                       Palestrina (c.1525-1594)

Music after the Service:  Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich,BWV 605:                           J.S.Bach


December 11th. 3rd. Sunday in Advent.

Music before the Service: Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott, BWV602;                         J.S.Bach(1685-1750)

 O Radix Jesse:                                                                                                                                   Ceciia McDowall(b.1951)

Introit:    A winter rose shall flower:                                                                                        A.Rees OSB (1941-2005)

Anthem:   Rejoice in the Lord:                                                                                                     J.Redford (c.1485-1547)

Music after the Service:  O Clavis David:                                                                                Cecilia McDowall


December 18th. 4th Sunday in Advent.

Music before the Service: Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 601:                                                     J.S..Bach (1685=1750)

 Rorate Caeli:                                                                                                                                     J.Demessieux (1921-68)

Introit:    Drop down ye heavens:   Plainchant mode (i)

Anthem:   A great and mighty wonder:                                                                                    M.Praetorius (1671-1621)

Music after the Service:  Fugue on un Noel bourguigon:                                                 A.Fleury (1903-1995)


For music on December 24 and 25 see Special Services.

Minister: Sarah Brown.

Director of Music and Organist: Dr, Rogert B, Williams, MBE.