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Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Excerpts from Don Quixote Suite
Ouverture • Don Quixote awakens • His attack on the windmills



Coro I/II: S A T B




Chorus I [S, A, T, B], Chorus II [S, A, T, B]


Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied,
Die Gemeine der Heiligen sollen ihn loben.
Israel freue sich des, der ihn gemacht hat.
Die Kinder Zion sei’n fröhlich
über ihrem Könige,
Sie sollen loben seinen Namen im Reihen;
mit Pauken und mit Harfen sollen sie ihm spielen.


Sing to the Lord a new song,
The congregation of the saints should praise him.
Israel rejoices in the one who made him.
Let the children of Sion be joyful about their king,
They should praise his name in their dances
With drums and harps they should play for him.




Coro I/II: S A T B




Aria [Chorus I] & Chorale [Chorus de II]


Coro I:
Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet
Über seine junge Kinderlein,
So tut der Herr uns allen,
So wir ihn kindlich fürchten rein.


Chorus I:
As a father feels compassion
For his young little child,
So does the Lord for all of us,
If we feel pure childlike awe,


Er kennt das arm Gemächte,
Gott weiß, wir sind nur Staub,
Gleichwie das Gras vom Rechen,
Ein Blum und fallend Laub.


He knows how weak is our strength,
God is aware that we are only dust.
Like grass before the rake,
A flower or falling leaf.


Der Wind nur drüber wehet,
So ist es nicht mehr da,
Also der Mensch vergehet,
Sein End, das ist ihm nah.


The wind has only to blow over it
and it is there no more.
And so man passes away,
His end is near him.


Coro II:
Gott, nimm dich ferner unser an,
Denn ohne dich ist nichts getan
Mit allen unsern Sachen.


Chorus II:
God, in future take us to yourself
for without you nothing is accomplished
In all our affairs.

Drum sei du unser Schirm und Licht,
Und trügt uns unsre Hoffnung nicht,
So wirst du’s ferner machen.


Therefore be yourself our protection and light,
And if our hope does not deceive us,
Then in future you will do this.

Wohl dem, der sich nur steif und fest
Auf dich und deine Huld verlässt.


Happy are those who firmly and fastly
Depend on you and your grace.




Coro I/II: S A T B




Chorus I [S, A, T, B], Chorus II [S, A, T, B]


Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten,
lobet ihn in seiner großen Herrlichkeit!


Praise God in his works,
Praise him in his great glory!


Alles, was Odem hat, lobe den Herrn Halleluja!


Let all that has breath praise the Lord, Hallelujah !

Boom, the last movement of Mahler just rolled in. You’ve been sitting for at least 50 minutes absorbed in one of the great symphonies… then finally, you get to stand, connect with your singing centre and the conductor and embark on this musical journey.

Heavenly doesn’t go far enough.


Choral Standards. :)




Verbe égal au Très-Haut, notre unique espérance,
Jour éternel de la terre et des cieux ;
De la paisible nuit nous rompons le silence,
Divin Sauveur, jette sur nous les yeux !
Répands sur nous le feu de ta grâce puissante,
Que tout l’enfer fuie au son de ta voix ;
Dissipe le sommeil d’une âme languissante,
Qui la conduit à l’oubli de tes lois !
Ô Christ, sois favorable à ce peuple fidèle
Pour te bénir maintenant rassemblé.
Reçois les chants qu’il offre à ta gloire immortelle,
Et de tes dons qu’il retourne comblé !

“Word equal to the Very High one, our sole hope
Eternal of both the Earth and the Heavens
Of this peaceful night, we break the silence
Divine Saviour, cast your gaze down on us!

Spread on us the fire of your mighty grace
So all of Hell flees upon hearing your voice
Dissipate the sleep of a yearning soul
Which leads us to forget your laws!

Oh Christ, be favourable to this faithful people
Now gathered to bless you
Welcome the hymns they offer to your immortal glory
And may they come back fullfilled!”

Relax. Breathe. Enjoy.

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