Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Stephanie Martin

Composer Stephanie Martin
Text Liturgy of St. James, ca. 5th cent., tr. G. Moultrie
Voicing SATB, double chorus, a cappella
Topics Communion
Lectionary usage Advent, Christmas
Price $2.85 (U.S.)
Length 3' 15" Released 1/2020
Catalog no. 410-435
Difficulty Difficult

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Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and in fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly-minded,
for, with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
in the body and the blood,
he will give to all the faithful
his own self for heav'nly food.

Rank on rank the hosts of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the pow’rs of hell may vanish
as the darkness clears away.

At his feet the six-winged seraph,
cherubim, with sleepless eye,
veil their faces to the presence,
as with ceaseless voice they cry,
"Alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia, Lord most high!"

--Liturgy of St. James, ca. 5th cent.;
tr. G. Moultrie (1829–1885).

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Stephanie Martin served as director of music at the famed Church of Saint Mary Magdalene in Toronto, with its weekly tradition of contrapuntal unaccompanied sacred music. Her mastery of this idiom is in evidence in this expansive chorale motet based on the familiar hymn melody and text. Scored for double choir, the music unfolds gradually, building to intense climaxes and finally to a resplendent conclusion. The eight independent parts are active throughout, and the music is best suited to an experienced or large choir.


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