Jules Bastien-Lepage, Joan of Arc Listening to the Voices, 1879

“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。

– Praise

當晚的音樂會以「讚美」的主題作結,此部份由三首興奮的樂曲組成。第一首Sing to the Lord a New Song是香港作曲家趙學文(生於1988)的作品。趙是Singchronizers的資深成員,也是當晚音樂會的pianist。趙自2012年起為合唱團創作過不少的樂曲。

詩篇第95篇描述以色列人在曠野時,縱使蒙受神的恩典卻仍然執迷不悟。此曲的歌詞則是出自此詩篇之後的詩篇第96篇,經文是要向各地宣揚神的榮耀和救贖。樂曲開始時旋律輕鬆,中段卻使人畏懼,其肅然的氣氛與開首的旋律形成強烈對比。音樂在終段回歸曲首的主題,顯得廣闊又歡騰。

Matthias Grunewald, Annunciation, Virgin and Child with Angels, and Resurrection, the Isenheim Altarpiece, opened, c. 1510-1515

Sing to the Lord a New Song

Sing to the Lord, a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day to day.

For great is the Lord, great Lord, most worthy of praise,
He is to be feared above all gods,
but Lord, the Lord, made the heavens.
Declare His glory, His marvelous deeds among all men.
Sing alleluia.

Say among the nations, “the Lord reigns”.
The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved.
He will judge the people, with equity.
Sing alleluia.

Praise to the Lord a new song, praise to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing alleluia!

Praise to the Lord!

Giovanni Bellini, Saint Francis in Ecstasy, c. 1485

Howard Hanson(1896-1981)的The One Hundred Fiftieth Psalm(詩篇第150篇)延續喜氣洋洋的景象。這位普立茲獎(The Pulitzer Prize)的得主是二十世紀美國古典音樂的先鋒,亦曾擔伊士曼音樂學院(Eastman School of Music)院長四十年,期間打造了美國其中一所最享富盛名的音樂學院。

歌曲以有如小號般熱鬧的鋼琴聲開展,合唱團隨後以數個互相模仿的樂句加入,喜慶的感覺貫通作曲家樂觀的風格。整首樂曲由開首到最高潮都毫無間斷,唱到「凡有氣息的都讚美祂」"Let everything that hath breath praise Him…",樂曲推向高峰,之後以極弱的Alleluia作結。

The One Hundred Fiftieth Psalm

Praise ye the Lord.

Praise God in His sanctuary:
praise Him in the firmament of His power.

Praise Him for His mighty acts:
praise Him according to His excellent greatness.

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet:
praise Him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance:
praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Let everything that hath breath praise Him.

Alleluia.

Lamgods openJan van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece, c. 1432, Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent

音樂會以Eric Whitacre的i thank You God for this most amazing day作結。此曲是受北亞利桑拿大(The Northern Arizona University)慶祝一百周年所托而寫的作品Three Songs of Faith當中的最後一首。歌詞是美國詩人E.E. Cummings所寫的詩歌。

詩歌被配以欣喜而壯麗的音樂,歌聲富有音色與層次,以後現代(post-modern)的作曲風格展現新奇的感覺。音樂以音群和非傳統的和絃進程,體現人們在神的恩典下意想不到的收穫,特別是對大自然的豐盛,每天朝暮更替、推陳出新的奇妙表達的謝意與頌讚。

i thank You God for this most amazing day

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

Lazio Roma Gesu2 tango7174Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Triumph of the Name of Jesus, 1676-1679. Ceiling fresco with stucco figures on the vault of the Church of II Gesu, Rome


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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
票價:HK$150 不設劃位
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Date: Friday, 21st August, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Chinese Methodist Church, 36 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong
Price: HK$ 150 free seating
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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》。


  • Based on programme notes written by Sanders Lau

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