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Conditor alme siderum, Richard Buchard

Fr. Scott A. Haynes

Latin Text

Cónditor alme síderum,

aetérna lux credéntium,

Christe, redémptor ómnium,

exáudi preces súpplicum.

Qui cóndolens intéritu

mortis períre saeculum,

salvásti mundum lánguidum,

donans reis remédium:

Vergénte mundi véspere,

uti sponsus de thálamo,

egréssus honestíssima

Vírginis matris cláusula:

Cuius forti poténtiæ

genu curvántur ómnia,

Caeléstia, terréstria,

mutu faténtur súbdita.

Te déprécamur agie,

ventúre judex saéculi,

consérva nos in témpore

hostis a telo pérfidi.

Laus, honor, virtus, glória

Deo Patri, et Filío,

sancto Simul Paráclito

in saeculórum saécula. Amen.


Creator of the stars of night,

thy people’s everlasting light,

Jesu, Redeemer, save us all,

and hear Thy servants when they call.

Thou, grieving that the ancient curse

should doom to death a universe,

hast found the medicine, full of grace,

to save and heal a ruined race.

Thou cam’st, the Bridegroom of the bride,

as drew the world to evening-tide;

proceeding from a virgin shrine,

the spotless victim all divine.

At whose dread name, majestic now,

all knees must bend, all hearts must bow;

and things celestial Thee shall own,

and things terrestrial, Lord alone.

O Thou whose coming is with dread

to judge and doom the quick and dead,

preserve us, while we dwell below,

from every insult of the foe.

To God the Father, God the Son,

and God the Spirit, Three in One,

laud, honor, might, and glory be

from age to age eternally. Amen.

Performed by the Northern Kentucky University Chamber Choir.

About the Composer

A college music educator of more than thirty years, Richard Burchard has taught a variety of courses including Composition and Arranging, Music Technology, Music Theory and World Music as well as courses in study abroad programs in Salzburg, Austria and South Africa. A native of Meadville, PA, he attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and received both a BM and MM degree from the University of Louisville.

Burchard’s choral works have been performed and premiered throughout the United States at a number of state, regional and national choral conferences including ACDA and NCCO. European premieres of his choral music have been in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Other works have been premiered in China and Australia. Burchard’s portfolio includes over 100 commissioned works, most of them written for a Cappella Choir. He is published with the Fred Bock Publishing Group, Gentry Publications, H.T. Fitzsimons Co., National Music Publishers, and Pavane Publishing. Burchard also has two choral series with Gentry Publications: The Choral Music of Richard Burchard and The Richard Burchard Choral Series.

Burchard was named the Kentucky Music Teachers Association 2008 Commissioned Composer and have served as composer-in-residence for a number of organizations, including: The Louisville Vocal Project; Voces Novae, Louisville, KY; St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Louisville, KY; The Cathedral of the Assumption, Louisville KY; The American Cathedral in Paris, France; two years with The University of Kentucky Choral Department, Lexington, KY; and four years as Executive Composer-in-Residence at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.

Burchard’s major works include: The Seven Last Words of Christ, an 8-movement work for choir and strings, which received its Carnegie Hall debut on April, 2018; Stabat Mater, a 45-minute work for choir, strings, 3 trombones, clarinet, and percussion, which received its world premiere at the American Cathedral in Paris, France on March 29, 2019; and, Falling Stars, a 6-movement work for choir, strings, piano, harp, and clarinet, which received its world premiere on May 2 in Natchitoches, LA. Burchard also has written larger works for choir and wind ensemble/strings including Flos Carmeli, To Music, which received its world premiere at Carnegie Hall on June 16, 2019.


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