Posts tagged ‘This is the record of John’

December 16, 2012

2012-12-16 Notes from the Bench

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James Gerber, Music Associate

“This is the record of John” by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

Today’s Gospel reading from Luke continues the story of the John the Baptist who announced to his followers that the time of the Messiah was near.  The crowds asked if John may be the long-awaited Messiah, but he responds, “one who is more powerful than I is coming.”  The text for the anthem, “This is the record of John” by Orlando Gibbons recounts this story as recorded in the Gospel of John and is one of Gibbon’s more popular choral works.

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