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Franz Schubert Ė Mass No. 2 in G major, D. 167 (1815)

The Worthington Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, directed by David M. Rives.

Kyrie

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Soloist: Sharon Tipton, soprano

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Gloria

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Soloist: Sharon Tipton, soprano

Glory be to God on high, and on earth, peace to men of good will. We praise thee, we bless thee, we adore thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory. Lord God, heavenly king, Father almighty, Lord the only-begotten son, Jesus Christ, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us, receive our prayer, who sitteth at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us, for thou only art holy, thou only art the Lord, thou only are the the most high, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Ghost in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Credo

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I believe in one God, Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible, and in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages, God of God, light of light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made, who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary and was made man. And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again, according to the scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father, and he shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Ghost, the lord and life-giver, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is adored and glorified, who spake by the prophets. And in one holy catholic and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins, and I expect the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Sanctus

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Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the highest.

et Benedictus

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Soloists: Ann Ickes, soprano; Jody Patrick, tenor (9:00 a.m.); Jeff Johnson, tenor (11:15 a.m.), Rob Fischer, baritone

Blessed is he who cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Agnus Dei

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Soloists: Ann Ickes, soprano; Rob Fischer, baritone

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us, give us peace.


Schubertís Mass No. 2 in G major

Franz Peter Schubert, one of the earliest of the Romantics, had a brief but prolific career. He composed masterpieces in every genre, all marked by expanded classical forms, rich harmonic textures, and an inexhaustible gift for melody. While being trained as a singer, Schubert began composing in his adolescent years and wrote a song which came to the attention of Antonio Salieri, who hailed him as a genius. After Schubertís youthful treble voice broke, he begrudgingly followed in his fatherís footsteps to accept a teaching position. Working miserably in this post by day and composing at night, Schubert had written more than 100 songs as well as several symphonic, operatic, and chamber music works before reaching the age of 20.

Schubert finally left his teaching post to devote himself completely to composition. He lived a quasi-bohemian lifestyle, composing and fraternizing with a group of friends who became the core of both his support system and his audience. In his lifetime, he never experienced the wide acclaim and financial rewards enjoyed by his contemporary, Beethoven. Schubert never secured a contract with a publisher, because none wanted to risk their capital on an unknown and harmonically non-traditional composer. His efforts at self-publication were financially unrewarding, and his work received little attention until 1828, when his music was featured in a concert at Viennaís Musikverein. This one-time success so buoyed his optimism that he continued composing at an incredible rate despite terminal illness.

Most of Schubertís symphonies, operas, masses, chamber works, piano sonatas, and, especially, his 600 songs are now revered as standard classical repertoire. Mass No. 2 in G Major, the most popular of Schubertís six masses, was composed in less than a week (March 2 - 7, 1815) one year following the successful performance of his first mass in his home parish. Todayís presentation features the original version of the second mass, calling for string orchestra and organ along with soprano, tenor, and baritone soloists and choir. (In the 1980s a set of additional parts, including trumpet and timpani were discovered at Closterneuberg and are dated later than Schubertís full score.) The original score was not published until decades after Schubertís death, and until then had been one of Schubertís less noticed works- so much so that the first edition of the mass had been plagiarized by another composer who ended up in prison for embezzlement. Since its publication, however, Mass No. 2 in G Major has become one of Schubertís most beloved and enduring compositions.

Chancel Choir Members

Soprano

Susan Boisvert, Elaine Bowers, Charlotte Conaway, Carol Hamilton, Sue Henderson, Sally Hough, Ann Ickes, Carol Mead, Lora Mitchell, Donna Preissle, Marcia Smith, Pat Stenner, Sharon Tipton, Janet Wise.

Alto

Joyce Blackmore, Eleanor Buford, Sandy Byers, Edna Hill, Sandy Hindall, Sue Lair, Beth Murphy, Deanna Olson, Thelma Patrick, Laura Schlader, Carolyn Taylor, Sue Wilson.

Tenor

Chuck Evans, Bob Hamilton, Scot Hindall, Jeff Johnson, John Laughman, Steve Moore, Jody Patrick, Chuck Stenner, Taylor Surface, Bill Yost.

Bass

Don Anderson, Dave Arthur, Bill Ausich, John Beck, Randy Bell, Bob Bowers, Duane Cable, Gene Davis, Rob Fischer, Steve Hindall, Fred Hofer, Bob Murphy, John Puleo, Dick Surface, Kevin Wadsworth.

Orchestra

Violin I

Fred Ripley, Sarah Case, Paula Korak, Elaine Swinney.

Violin II

Nora Calvert, Gail Stadelman, William Manley.

Viola

Vanessa Ripley, Ann Schnapp.

Cello

Terri Boselli

Bass

Jean-Etienne Lederer

Organ

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