Sunday, July 26, 2015

Beautiful "Sanctus" Composed By Ola Gjeilo

Not all modern music is dark and discordant.  37 year old composer Ola Gjeilo appears to have embraced the old idea, which over the last century or so has often been neglected or even  intentionally defied, that music ought to be beautiful.  He also seems drawn to Christian musical expression.  The clip below, for instance, is an inspiring setting for the "Sanctus" ("Holy, Holy, Holy"), performed by the Central Washington University Chamber Choir (I have also posted a clip. here, of the same group performing Gjeilo's setting for another ancient hymn, "Ubi Caritas" with the composer himself playing piano accompaniment).

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus
Dominus Deus 
Pleni sunt cæli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.