Gabriel Faure was among the last of the nineteenth-century French romantic composers, living from 1845 to 1924. His two most popular choral works are undoubtedly his REQUIEM and CANTIQUE DE JEAN RACINE.
The CANTIQUE DE JEAN RACINE is a beautiful Mendelssohn-like song that is rendered here for a brass quartet consisting of two trumpets and two trombones accompanied by piano. The introduction and interlude were omitted in order to reduce the performance time.
The lyric is a prayer:
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Oh Redeemer divine, our sole hope of salvation,
Eternal light of the earth and the sky,
We kneel in adoration.
Oh Savior, turn on us Thy loving eye.
Send down on us the fire of Thy grace all consuming,
Whose wondrous might dispersed the powers of hell,
And rouse our slumbering souls with Thine illumining radiance,
That they may waken Thy mercy to tell.
Oh Christ, bestow Thy blessing on us, we implore Thee,
Who here are gathered on penitent knee.
Accept the hymns we chant to Thine eternal glory,
And these Thy gifts we return unto thee.
Gabriel Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine" for brass quartet of two trumpets and two trombones with piano accompaniment, arranged by Tom Kirkland. OH REDEEMER DIVINE comes in a PDF file of 1757K that contains a thirteen-page score, four two-page instrumental parts, a six-page piano part (larger staves and fewer page turns than playing from the score), plus a license page, 28 pages in all. Performance time should be around 3:30.
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