“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is Love. ”
– 1 Cor 13:13.
如今常存的有信、有望、有愛這三樣,其中最大的是愛。
—哥林多前書13章13節

當晚的音樂會以哥林多前書13章13節為主題,分為四部分:信、望、愛、讚美。

– Faith

音樂會以英國作曲家Jonathan Willcocks(生於1953)編自詩篇第23篇的The Lord is My Shepherd(主是我的牧者)為首,開展「信」的主題。

“The Good Shepherd" mosaic in mausoleum of Galla Placidia. UNESCO World heritage site. Ravenna, Italy. 5th century A.D.

Willcocks為這篇家傳戶曉的經文編上柔和﹑卻又帶點曖昧的旋律。樂曲的調性常隱沒在變音和弦中。諷刺的是,當音樂安頓在小調時,合唱團正好在誦唱 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death" 「我雖行過死蔭的幽谷」,幽暗又安寧,彷彿暗示這是我們每人的宿命和對生命唯一的確定。然而,歌曲最後卻以如天使般的女高音祥和地清唱: “And in God’s house forevermore, My dwelling place shall be." 「我且要住在耶和華的殿中、直到永遠。」帶引樂曲回歸主調,宛如暗喻人生縱有高山低谷,我們終究也能回到主的安詳。

The Lord is my Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd:
therefore can I lack nothing.

He shall feed me in a green pasture:
and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.

He shall convert my soul:
and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.

But thy loving kindness and mercy
shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not:
and in the night season also I take no rest.
My God, my God, look upon me.

年輕美國作曲家Dan Forrest(生於1978)所寫的Entreat Me Not to Leave you(不要催促我回去不跟隨你),編自聖經路得記中,路得忠誠地跟隨家婆拿俄米,並終生照顧她的故事。樂曲由兩把聲音相互模仿編織而成(Imitative texture模仿織體)至高潮,借此比喻路得生死相隨的忠誠。

Entreat me not to leave you

Entreat me not to leave you,
nor to turn back from following after you.

For where you go, I will go;
And where you live, I will live;
Your people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.

Where you die, I will die,
And there will I be buried.

The Lord do so to me, and more also,
if ought but death parts you and me.

Entreat me not to leave you.

Philip Hermogenes Calderon - Ruth and NaomiPhilip Hermogenes Calderon, Ruth and Naomi,1920 

1795-William-Blake-Naomi-entreating-Ruth-OrpahWilliam Blake, Ruth and Naomi, 1795

Ary Scheffer, Ruth and Naomi, 1870s

Chagall, Ruth, Naomi and Orpah, 1960

He Qi, Ruth and Naomi, 2001

(《路得記》第1章第1節至第22節)

故事始於以色列國遭遇饑荒的時候。伯利恆的以利米勒帶著妻子拿俄米(Naomi)和兩個兒子:瑪倫及基連,過了約旦河來到摩押地寄居。兩個兒子在當地娶了摩押女子:俄珥巴(Orpah)及路得(Ruth)為妻。後來這個家庭遭逢不測,先是父親去世,然後兩個兒子也相繼死去。結果只剩下了三個無兒無女的寡婦。

拿俄米聽聞耶和華再次眷顧自己的百姓,賜糧食與他們,遂決定返回故土猶大。她的媳婦與她一同起行。拿俄米請她們返回摩押的娘家,並祈願耶和華恩待她們,使她們在本族中找到新的夫家。

結果,俄珥巴「回她本國和她所拜的神那裏去了」,但路得卻誠心誠意,堅決歸附耶和華,因此她決意追隨拿俄米。[1]

1:16-路得說,不要催我回去不跟隨你,你往那裡去,我也往那裡去。你在哪裡住宿,我也在那裡住宿,你的國就是我的國,你的神就是我的神。

1:17-你在那裡死,我也在那裡死,也葬在那裡,除非死能使你我相離,不然,願耶和華重重地降罰與我。

1:18-拿俄米見路得定意要跟隨自己去,就不再勸他了。

1:19-於是二人同行,來到伯利恆。他們到了伯利恆,合城的人就都驚訝、婦女們說,這是拿俄米麼。

1:20-拿俄米對他們說,不要叫我拿俄米,(拿俄米就是甜的意思)要叫我瑪拉,(瑪拉就是苦的意思)因為全能者使我受了大苦。

1:21-我滿滿的出去、耶和華使我空空的回來、耶和華降禍與我、全能者使我受苦、既是這樣、你們為何還叫我拿俄米呢。

「信」的主題以傳統靈歌編曲大師Moses Hogan(1957 – 2003)的My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord作結。此曲有力地誦揚主的信實,並以興奮和喜樂作結。

My Souls been anchored in the Lord

In the Lord.

My soul’s been anchored, Hallelujah,
my soul’s been anchored in the Lord.

Before I’d stay in hell one day
I’d sing an’ pray my self away.

In the Lord. My soul’s been anchored,
Hallelujah, in the Lord.

Goin’ shout an’ pray an’ never stop until I reach the mountain top.
In the Lord.
My soul’s been anchored, Hallelujah, in the Lord.

Do you love him? God Almighty?
Are you anchored? My soul’s been anchored in the Lord.
Will you serve him? God Almighty?
Are you anchored? My soul’s been anchored in the Lord.
Hallelujah, will you praise him? God almighty?
Are you anchored? My soul’s been anchored in the Lord.
Lord I’m anchored, Lord I love you,
yes I’ll serve you, Lord I praise you.

Hallelujah! My soul’s been anchored in the Lord.

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日期:二零一五年八月廿一日(星期五)
時間:下午八時正
地點:循道衛理聯合教會香港堂:香港灣仔軒尼詩道36號
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Date: Friday, 21st August, 2015
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About Singchronizers

Singchronizers由一群熱愛音樂的聖保羅男女中學畢業生組成,現時有超過40位富經驗和熱誠的年輕合唱團員。團員在母校的時光接受合唱的訓練和培養出對音樂的濃厚興趣。Singchronizers自2006年成立以來,一直致力維持優秀的音樂演出,和增進團員間的聯繫,以向大眾分享對音樂的愛,盼望和夢想。

樂團在2006年參加香港國際青少年合唱節並在比賽中取得佳績,隨後在2007年開始舉辦自己的音樂會。此外樂團亦曾在香港電台第四台的節目《弦外之音》(Belle Nuit)和《聖誕園林音樂會》(Seasons Greetings in the Park)中演出。

Singchronizers會接觸不用類型的音樂,除經典的古典和現代合唱曲目外,也有民謠、爵士樂、劇場音樂、黑人靈歌等。樂團曾演出或參演的作品包括韋華第的《榮耀頌》、布拉姆斯的《德意志安魂曲》、Bob Chilcott的《小爵士彌撒曲》(A Little Jazz Mass)、佛瑞的《安魂曲》和馬勒的《千人交響曲》。


  1. ^ Wikipedia – 路得決定跟隨拿俄米
  • Based on programme notes written by Sanders Lau

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