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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Musical Interlude

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For this first Sunday of Advent 2015, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, performed by The Choir of Queens' College Cambridge:

Latin lyrics:
Veni veni, Emmanuel
captivum solve Israel,
qui gemit in exsilio,
privatus Dei Filio.
Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel,
nascetur pro te Israel!

Veni, O Iesse virgula,
ex hostis tuos ungula,
de spectu tuos tartari
educ et antro barathri.
Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel!

Veni, veni O Oriens,
solare nos adveniens,
noctis depelle nebulas,
dirasque mortis tenebras.
Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel!

Veni, Clavis Davidica,
regna reclude caelica,
fac iter tutum superum,
et claude vias inferum.
Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel!

Veni, veni, Adonai,
qui populo in Sinai
legem dedisti vertice
in maiestate gloriae.
Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel!
English translations HERE.


  1. And oh, to see church this morning beautifully bedecked with Christmas...and to sing this beautiful hymn...here's to a season of peace and joy after a truly 'annus horribilis"

  2. A break with Anglican Tradition to allow pre-pubescent girls to sing this kind of music in public.

    I have to say, however, that the young girls sound almost as good as their male counterparts.

    I once saw an amateur production of Amahl and the Night Visitors where Amahl was played by a girl, because no boy capable of adequately singing the role could be found. It wasn't bad.

    And then we should remember that all of Shakespeare's female roles were originally portrayed by men.

    Peter Pan on the other hand has always been played by a woman.

    Maybe humanity has made too much out of the vaunted difference between male and female?

    But then how would you feel if Juliet were to be played by a 300-pound black male and Romeo by a fragile blonde female?

    There is no idea that cannot be carried too far, is there? ;-)

    How well they sing and how beautifully they read lines should be the only criteria.


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