Serenity Now

Because this post turned out to be much more than it was meant to be, I started a music folder we’ll have to delve into from time to time. I did major in Music Theory and Composition, which worried my parents to no end. God rest their marvelous souls.

If you get the pop culture reference to that phrase, Serenity Now, you might not like this bit of choral music which features a very rich, melodic string line running throughout.

I’m a cello man, myself – something about it stirs my soul. Almost like when you hear a wounded animal and your soul responds with a longing, sensing the hurt, wanting to help.  Is it a sadness in the cello?  Or just a richness?

I’ll have to consult my spiritual director.

You can actually purchase the sheet music for this lovely composition if you’d like to challenge your church choir.

O Magnum Mysterium

Latin text
O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
iacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Iesum Christum.

English translation
O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear
the Lord, Jesus Christ.

If you’re a score reading nut like myself, then please introduce yourself so I know I’m not alone in the world!

Or if you’d simply like to follow along with the sheet music, here’s you’re chance.  The recording is beautiful but sounds distant, which has me suspecting copyright laws – I’ll look into this. The last thing I need is a bill for copyright violations.


Just FYI, and because nothing should remain unpublished here – the King’s College Choir performs a beautiful version. Alas, it is only a teaser on the YouTube.



While we’re talking Ola Gjeilo in this run on post, his “Tota Pulchra Es” is well worth a listen, too. (OK. A lot of his music is well worth a listen.)



And by the way, this is a genre I think of when I think of music for the “Youth Mass”. We were always learning challenging choral music as kids, and it should be so, someplace at least.

From Mr. Gjielo’s latest album, Ecce Novum.



According to his bio:

“Composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo was born in Norway in 1978 and moved to the United States in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he currently resides.

“Ola’s recordings include the Decca Classics albums Ola Gjeilo (2016) and Winter Songs (2017), featuring Tenebrae, Voces8 and the Choir of Royal Holloway. His choral and piano works are published by Walton Music, while his wind band works are published by Boosey & Hawkes.”

Meanwhile, Catholics are given over to folk art and rock, because it’s relevant.

I ponder the Lord, and wonder upon his ways.



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