Festival Chorus

Festival Chorus

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Where charity and love abide, God is there

The setting of "Ubi Caritas" by Maurice Duruflé is one most sublime sacred choral music pieces in existence. It is one of four motets (anthems) based on chant melodies. The use of the chant as a melodic source, combined with the rich harmonic texture create a very effective communication of this ancient text.

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exultemus, et in ipso iucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.

Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ's love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.

This is a great recording with the choral parts displayed along with the music.

 This is a clip from a DVD from Kings College, Cambridge called "Anthems from Kings" featuring many of the "greatest hits" of sacred choral music. It is hard to find something unpleasant about this recording.

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