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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (12/12/21)
Composer: Schmidt, Heinrich
Sample Producer: Audio Angelorum
Sample Set: Peterborough Cathedral Hill
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Romantic
Today is the Third Sunday in Advent, commonly called "Gaudete Sunday". The day takes its common name from the Latin word "Gaudete" ("Rejoice"), the first word of the introit of this day's Mass.

On Gaudete Sunday rose-coloured vestments may be worn instead of violet (or instead of deep blue, in some Anglican and Lutheran traditions), which is otherwise prescribed for every day in the season of Advent.[citation needed] Gaudete Sunday was also known as "Rose Sunday".

In churches that have an Advent wreath, the rose-colored candle is lit in addition to two of the violet- or blue-colored candles, which represent the first two Sundays of Advent. Despite the otherwise somber readings of the season of Advent, which has as a secondary theme the need for penitence, the readings on the third Sunday emphasize the joyous anticipation of the Lord's coming.

I could not find too much information on the composer, but this is what I have:

Heinrich Schmidt (April 30, 1861 - May 23, 1923) was a German composer and musicologist. He studied at the Royal School of Music in Munich, and for many years was a professor at the Bayreuth Teachers' Seminary.

He composed a concerto for organ and string instruments, lieder. and music for popular performances, as well as a series of transcripts (books).

The prelude on "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" ("Sleepers, wake! A voice is calling") is rather like a piece of miniature Reger. It is grandiose, despite the fact that it last for only 2 and 1/2 minutes. The effect is solemn, yet joyful, and the massive conclusion is impressive.

The score is attached below, but I have no photos to share.

If you can't get enough of "Wachet auf," I recommend this setting by Gottfried Homilius, which you can find here:
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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