Music Schedule Archive

Dome above the altar at First Church in Cambridge
September 12, 2021
Beneficia Lucis

Chant: Dirigatur oratio mea
Motet: Hear the voice and prayer by Thomas Tallis
Tritone Chant Setting for Compline by Daryl Bichel
Psalm 4, plainchant/Anglican chant by Bichel
Chant: Immittet angelus Domini
Hymn. Te lucis ante terminum, plainchant with verse 2 set by Victoria
Marian Motet: Salve Regina by William Byrd

September 19, 2021
Organ and Chant
Daryl Bichel and Alison LaRosa

Improvisation on Psalm 40:1-3
Psalm Prelude on Psalm 40:1-3 by Craig Phillips
Partita on Jam lucis orto sidere by Gerald Near
Salve Regina by Paul Hofhaimer
Lucis Creator optime, set by Gerald Near

September 26, 2021
Canticum vespertinum

Chant: Da pacem, Domine
Motet: Duo ubera tua by G.P. da Palestrina
Lydian Chant Setting for Compline by Daryl Bichel
Psalm 121, plainchant/Anglican chant by Bichel
Chant: Laetatus sum
Hymn: Te lucis ante terminum, plainchant
Marian Motet: Salve Regina by Tomás Luis de Victoria

October 3, 2021
Chant, Improvisations, and Dance
Ben Schwendener, Piano
Terry McGinty, Cantor
Elodi Rose, Dancer

Chant: Custodi me, Domine from the Liber Usualis
Plainchant Hymn: Adoro te devote
Chant: Ad te levavi from the Liber Usualis
Plainchant Hymn: Te lucis ante terminum
Instrumental improvisations and contemporary dance interspersed

October 10, 2021
Beneficia lucis

Chant: Dirigatur oratio mea
Motet: Circumdederunt me by William Byrd
Tritone Chant Setting for Compline by Daryl Bichel
Psalm 4, plainchant/Anglican chant by Bichel
Chant: Domine Deus salutis meae
Hymn: O Lord the Maker by William Mundy
Marian Motet: Salve Regina by William Byrd

October 17, 2021
Organ and Chant
Inauguration of Night Song’s Organetto
(Portative organ after late-medieval iconographical sources
by Stefan and Annette Keppler, 2021)
Daryl Bichel, organ and organetto
Alison LaRosa, cantor

Chant: In voluntate tua, Domine
Psalm-Prelude II from Second Set by Herbert Howells
Vocal improvisation on Psalm 139, vs. 11
Nenia from Tres novas cantigas by Carson Cooman
Three Chants by Hildegard von Bingen
Ave, generosa
O vos felices radices
O quam preciosa
Fantasy on “Ubi caritas” by Brenda Portman

October 24, 2021
Canticum Vespertinum

Chant: Dicit Dominus
Motet: Pater peccavi by Duarte Lobo
Lydian Chant Setting for Compline by Daryl Bichel
Psalm: Psalm 121, plainchant/Anglican chant by Bichel
Chant: De profundis clamavi
Hymn: Te lucis ante terminum, verse two set by G.P. da Palestrina
Marian Motet: Salve Regina by Tomás Luis de Victoria

October 31, 2021
All Saints Night Song
Beneficia lucis and Canticum vespertinum with Vox Lucens
Compline in Memory of Night Song Countertenor Michael Terranova

Chant: Dirigatur oratio mea
Motet: Justorum anime by Orlande de Lassus
Motet: O quam gloriosum by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Tritone Chant Setting for Compline by Daryl Bichel
Psalm 121, plainchant/Anglican chant by Bichel
Chant: Justorum animae
Motet: I Call and Cry to Thee by Thomas Tallis
Marian Motet: Salve Regina by Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla

November 7, 2021
Meditative Realizations on Chorales and Fugues by J.S. Bach
Ben Schwendener, Piano

November 14, 2021
Beneficia lucis
with Ben Schwendener

Chant: Dirigatur oratio mea
Motet: O Domine Jesu Christe by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Tritone Chant Setting for Compline by Daryl Bichel
Psalm 4, plainchant/Anglican chant by Bichel
Chant: Domine Dominus noster
Hymn: Jesus, Redeemer of the World by Bichel/Van Ness
Marian Motet: Salve Regina by William Byrd

November 21, 2021
Organ music based on Gregorian chant
Daryl Bichel, organ
Alison LaRosa, flute and voice

Night Song by Craig Phillips
Eight Short Preludes on Gregorian Themes by Marcel Dupré (performed with the corresponding Gregorian chants)
Evening Hymn by Carson Cooman

November 28, 2021
Advent Procession with Lessons, Music and Art
Sung by Canticum Vespertinum

The Great “O” Antiphons by Peter R. Hallock
Let my Prayer Come up as the Incense by Hallock

December 5, 2021
The Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace of Advent

Ben Schwendener, piano
Alison LaRosa, cantor

Improvisations on four Advent hymns:
– Savior of the nations come
– Creator of the stars of night
– Wake awake for night is flying
– O cone, O come Emmanuel

Selected Gregorian chant propers for the four Sundays of Advent

December 12, 2021
Compline with Beneficia lucis

Chant:  Dirigatur oratio mea
Motet:  Veni Domine et noli tardare by Francisco Guerrero
Tritone Chant Setting for Compline by Daryl Bichel
Psalm 4:  Plainchant alternating with Anglican Chant by Bichel
Chant:  Rorate caeli
Hymn:  Conditor alme siderum, set by Pietro Pontio
Marian Motet:  Alma Redemptoris Mater by Tomás Luis de Victoria

December 19, 2021
Vox Lucens Sings Christmas Music

Holly Druckman, Director
with Daryl Bichel, Organ

Join us to hear guest early music choral ensemble Vox Lucens.

Organ pieces:
Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming, arr. by Daryl Bichel
Noël Anglais (Greensleeves) by James Woodman

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January 9, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Beneficia lucis Sings Compline

Carlo Serrano, guest director
Jason Connell, cantor

Music:

Chant:  Dirigatur oratio mea
Motet:  Reges Tharsis et Insulae by WIlliam Byrd
Tritone Chant Setting for Compline by Daryl Bichel
Psalm 108, set by Patricia Van Ness
Chant:  Vidimus stellam eius
Hymn:  Hostis Herodes impie, set  by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Marian Motet:  Alma Redemptoris Mater by Victoria

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January 16, 2022 at 7:30 PM (livestream only, no in-person attendance please)
Gregorian Chant and Improvisations

Ben Schwendener, piano
Gary Gengo, countertenor

Music:

Hymn:  Christe qui lux es et dies
Introit for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany:  Adorate Deum
Hymn:  Te lucis ante terminum
Gradual for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany:  Timebunt gentes
Marian Chant:  Alma Redemptoris Mater

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January 23, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Compline with Canticum Vespertinum

Carlo Serrano, guest director
Erik Bertrand, cantor
Ben Schwendener, piano

Music:

Let My Prayer Come Up as the Incense (Dirigatur oratio mea) by Peter Hallock
Lydian chant setting for compline by Daryl Bichel
Psalm 103, set by Patricia Van Ness
Chant:  Laudate Deum from the Liber Usualis
Hymn:  O nata lux by Thomas Tallis
Marian Motet:  Alma Redemptoris Mater a 8 by Orlando di Lasso

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January 30, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Organ Works Based on Chant and Psalm Texts
with associated Gregorian chant from the Liber Usualis

Daryl Bichel, organ
Alison LaRosa, cantor

Unless indicated otherwise, all organ pieces are by Gerald Near.

Hymn: Jesu, dulcis memoria
Hymn: Adoro te devote
Hymn: O sola magnarum urbium
Psalm-Prelude II from Set One by Herbert Howells
Mass Proper: Epiphany 2 – Alleluia for Ordinary Time 2
Mass Proper: Epiphany 4 – Gradual for Ordinary Time 4
Mass Proper: Epiphany 7 – Introit for Ordinary Time 7
Chant: Alma Redemptoris Mater by Daryl Bichel

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February 6, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Instrumental Improvisations

Daryl Bichel, organetto
Ben Schwendener, piano

Music:

Hymn:  Lucis Creator optime
Chant:  Ave, generosa by Hildegard of Bingen
Chant:  O vos felices radices by Hildegard of Bingen
Nenia from Tres novas cantigas by Carson Cooman
Chorales of J.S. Bach

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February 13, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Compline with Beneficia Lucis

Michael Raleigh, director
Jason Connell, cantor

Music:

Chant:  Dirigatur oratio mea
Motet:  O Domine adjuva me by William Byrd
Tritone Chant Setting for Compline by Daryl Bichel
Psalm 108 (Wake Up, My Spirit) by Patricia Van Ness
Chant: Illumina faciem tuam
Hymn:  Christe qui lux es et dies, set by Byrd
Marian Motet:  Ave Regina caelorum by John Dunstable
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February 20, 2022 at 7:30 PM

Chant Based Music and Psalm Settings

Daryl Bichel, organ
Alison Larosa, voice

Music:

Chant by Hildegard von Bingen
– Ave Generosa
– O Quam Preciosa
– Spiritus sanctus vivificans vita
– O Virtus Sapientie
Plainchant Settings for Organ by Richard J. Clark
– Adoro te devote
– Jesu dulcis memoria
Psalm Settings by Patricia Van Ness
– Psalm 89 (Forever I Will Sing)
– Psalm 145 (I Will Exalt You)
Variations on ‘Ave Regina caelorum’ by Hermann Schroeder

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February 27, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Compline sung by Canticum vespertinum

Michael Raleigh, director
Erik Bertrand, cantor

Music:

Chant:  Illuxerunt coruscationes tuae orbiterrae
Motet:  Christus Jesus splendor by Luca Marenzio
Chant Setting for Compline in the Lydian Mode by Daryl Bichel
Psalm 103, set by Patricia Van Ness
Chant:  Candor est lucis aeternae
Hymn:  Christe qui lux es et dies, set by Robert White
Marian Motet:  Ave Regina caelorum by G.P. da Palestrina

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March 6, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Improvisations and Chant

Ben Schwendener, piano
Leah Costlow, soprano

Music:

Gregorian Chants: Asperges me, Angelis suis mandivit, Invocabit me
Marian Chants: Alma Redemptoris Mater, Salve Regina, Ave Regina caelorum
Lenten Hymn: Audi benigne conditor
Nunc Dimittis from Setting for Compline in the Lydian Mode by Daryl Bichel

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March 13, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Compline with Beneficia Lucis, with Prayers for Ukraine

“May the Lord overshadow the people of Ukraine with his pinions, and may they find refuge under his wings. May his faithfulness encompass them with a shield.”

Michael Raleigh, director
Heath Dill, cantor
Ben Schwendener, piano

Music:

Chant:  Dirigatur oratio mea
Motet:  Ne irascaris Domine by William Byrd
Tritone Chant Setting for Compline by Daryl Bichel
Psalm:  Psalm 4 set by Patricia Van Ness
Chant:  Scapulis suis
Hymn:  Audi, benigne Conditor by Orlandus Lassus
Marian chant:  Ave Regina caelorum
Instrumental improvisations

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March 20, 2022 at 7:30 PM
A Lenten Journey with Contemplative Prayers

Alison LaRosa, cantor
Daryl Bichel, organ
Beth Spaulding, collects

Music:

Introit for Ash Wednesday: Misereris omnium, Domine
Ash Wednesday Introit by Daryl Bichel (premiere)

Introit for Lent I: Invocabit me
Introit for Lent I by Bichel (premiere)

Introit for Lent II: Reminiscere miserationum tuarum, Domine
Introit for Lent II by Bichel (premiere)

Introit for Lent III: Oculi dei semper ad Dominum
Introit for Lent III by Bichel (premiere)

Introit for Lent IV: Laetare Jerusalem
Introit for Lent IV by Bichel (premiere)

Palm Sunday Chant: Hosanna filio David
Hosanna filio David (Choral Fugue) by Jeanne Demessieux

Maundy Thursday chant: Pange lingua
Pange lingua by Richard Clark

Good Friday Chant: Vexilla regis
Vexilla regis (Prelude) by Jeanne Demessieux

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March 27, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Compline sung by Canticum vespertinum

Joseph Turbessi, cantor
Michael Raleigh, director

Music:

Chant:  Laetare Jerusalem
Motet:  Angelis suis mandavit de te by M. Cardoso
Chant Setting for Compline in the Lydian Mode by Daryl Bichel
Psalm 17, set by Patricia Van Ness
Chant:  Laetatus sum
Hymn:  Audi, benigne Conditor, set by Oliver Hayes
Marian  Motet: Ave Regina caelorum by G.P. da Palestrina

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April 3, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Lenten Themed Dance

Shari Repasz, dancer
Ben Schwendener, piano
Daryl Bichel, organ

Music:

Improvisations
Fantasy on Heinlein by Kenneth Leighton
Chaconne by Orpha Ochse
Mon âme cherche une fin paisible by Jean Langlais

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April 10, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Compline sung by Beneficia Lucis

Meditations on the Passion Chorale

Michael Raleigh, director
Daryl Bichel, organ

Music:

Ne irscaris Domine by William Byrd
Tritone Chant Setting for Compline, by Daryl Bichel
Psalm 69, plainchant
Herzlich tut mich verlangen by Samuel Scheidt
Chorale preludes for organ by Jean Langlais, J.S. Bach, and Johannes Brahms

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April 17, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Chants and Organ Music for Easter

Alison LaRosa, cantor
Daryl Bichel, organ

Music:

Haec dies (Chant after First Reading on Easter Sunday)
A Prelude for Easter Morning (Haec dies) by Gerald Near

Resurrexi, et adhuc tecum sum (Introit for Easter Day)
Sarabande for Easter Morning by Herbert Howells

O filii et filiae (hymn)
Partita on O Sons and Daughters (O filii et filiae) by Wilbur Held

Victimae paschali laudes (Easter Sequence)
Meditation on Easter Sequence (Victimae paschali laudes) by Anton Heiller

O Angelos Evoa/The Lady cried out to Lady of grace, Byzantine chant
O Angelos Evoa by Gerald Near

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April 24, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Compline, sung by Canticum Vespertinum

Michael Raleigh, director
Erik Bertrand, cantor
Ben Schwendener, piano

Music:

Chant:  Quasi modo geniti infantes
Motet:  Surrexit pastor bonus by Orlande de Lassus
Lydian Chant Setting for Compline, by Daryl Bichel
Psalm 103, set by Patricia Van Ness
Chant:  Angelus Domini descendit
Hymn:  Ad caenam agni providi, set by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Marian Motet:  Regina caeli laetare by Giovanni Croce
… plus meditative improvisations on piano

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May 1, 2022 at 7:30 PM
The Third Sunday of Easter

Ben Schwendener, piano
Daniel Smith, cantor

Music:

Gregorian Chant Propers for
the Third Sunday of Easter

Instrumental Improvisations

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May 15, 2022 at 7:30 PM
The Office of Compline

Alison LaRosa, voice and flute
Daryl Bichel, keyboard

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