Ye Shall Have a Song — June 19, 2020

Derived from a range of outstanding choral music, my themed Playlists are designed to be like concerts, of about an hour in length.

This week’s Playlist heralds the transformational power of music and song with works among others by Bach, Bernstein, Paulus, Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, and Vaughan Williams’s sumptuous Serenade to Music.

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From The Peaceable Kingdom Randall Thompson (1899-1984)


Have Ye Not Known?
Ye Shall Have a Song

Have ye not known? Have ye not heard? Hath it not been told you from the beginning?
Have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
                Isaiah 40:21

Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept;
And gladness of heart, as when one goes with a pipe to come to the mountain of the Lord.
                Isaiah 30:29

Performed by American Repertory Singers, conducted by Leo Nestor


There is Sweet Music 

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)



Performed by Tenebrae, conducted by Nigel Short


Pärt Uusberg (b.1986)


Translation and Background

Performed by Collegium Musicale Chamber Choir, conducted by Endrik Üksvärav


Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)

When Music Sounds


Performed by True Concord, conducted by Eric Holtan


Hymn to St. Cecilia
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)



Performed by Tenebrae, conducted by Nigel Short


Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225 J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

I. Singet dem Herrn


Performed by Monteverdi Choir, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner


From MassLeonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

A Simple Song


Performed by Alan Titus, baritone; recorded singers; and orchestra,
Conducted by Leonard Bernstein


I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit Move in My Heart
Moses Hogan (1957-2003)



Performed by National Lutheran Choir, conducted by David Cherwien


Serenade to Music
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)


Background and Text

Performed by Elmer Iseler Singers & Toronto Symphony Orchestra,
Conducted by Peter Oundjian