He is also the Artistic Director of the PBS specials, Concordia Christmas Concerts, which have won a loyal following.
His setting of O Magnum Mysterium is one of his most famous works. 1953) Since 1986, René Clausen has served as director of the internationally renowned Concordia Choir of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Of the Father’s Love Begotten is a particularly beautiful chant melody of the ancient Church; the best known version is found in the Piae Cantiones.
Gawthrop Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium) – Ola Gjeilo (b. James Mc Cullough *Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day -arr. Michael Mc Glynn Angels We Have Heard On High – arr. Away in a Manger has often been erroneously attributed to Martin Luther, but he wrote neither the words, nor any of the forty-one (!
Gloria from Missa Puer Natus est nobis – Thomas Tallis (c.
His setting of Ave Maria, based on the familiar chant melody, ends with a freeform coda as individual singers call out to the Virgin in a swirl of sound.
Fragments of his lost Mass on Puer natus est nobis have been reconstructed by Sally Dunkley and David Wulstan, and the preface to the edition contains much fascinating information: “[Scholar] Jeremy Noble has suggested that the Mass may have been written in 1554, the year of Queen Mary’s marriage to Philip of Spain; the choice of cantus firmus may have been doubly significant, for the Queen was through to be pregnant towards the end of that year.” Poor Mary Tudor is a tragic figure, as well as a bloody one; desperately in love with her disinterested husband, who had married her only for dynastic reasons, she was to suffer two false pregnancies, which are now thought to have been manifestations of the cancer which finally took her life.
1505-1585) Thomas Tallis is one of the towering figures of the English Renaissance, serving under no less than four Tudor monarchs, and this in spite of his Catholic faith (the brief reign of “Bloody” Mary Tudor must have been, for him at least, something of a welcome respite).