Tuesday, April 07, 2015

This is the Day!

During the Easter Octave, the Church repeats at least twice a day an antiphon drawn from Psalm 118, "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Alleluia!" Since this is a very old tradition, there are many musical settings of the verse. Since it is an Easter antiphon, those musical settings can be quite glorious.

Yesterday it occurred to me how nice it would be to share one of these musical settings each day of the Easter Octave. Since the idea came late, I can't offer a full octave's worth, but I can still do something!

Here is a favorite version, even if the rendition is not perfect (click here if the video does not appear on your screen):


Sr. Ann Marie said...

Don't know who did it, but the one I like is very repetitive--keeps repeating phrases--each time a bit faster!

Sr Anne Flanagan said...

Sorry for not including the composer's name! This version is by Jacob Gallus (also called Jacob Handl). The choir I was with in Chicago did this with the second part taken by a quartet in the loft, while the rest of the singers were in the nave. The results were spectacular! It is a wonderful piece.