Saturday, March 16, 2013

Fairfax Choral Society Singing Kyrie Eleison, by Louis Vierne

Since the Fairfax Choral Society is getting ready for a concert tomorrow, I decided to do a quick and dirty slideshow of a piece we sang last fall. This is a movement from Louis Vierne's Messe Solenelle, which he composed while he was chief organist at Notre Dame in the early 20th century. I figured some of my Notre Dame photos would be appropriate since that church actually is connected to the music. The text is:

Latin -
Kyrie Eleison,
Kyrie Eleison,
Kyrie Eleison.

Christe Eleison,
Christe Eleison,
Christe Eleison.

Kyrie Eleison,
Kyrie Eleison,
Kyre Eleison.

English -
Lord, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us.

The text is simple, but you'll notice that Vierne, like most composers, got a lot of mileage out if it. Enjoy!

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