Northern Harmony at Musica Sacra - Marktoberdorf, Germany (2000)

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A group of Village Harmony alumni flew with Larry Gordon & Patty Cuyler to Germany in the late fall of 2000 to perform several days of concerts of American shape note and other harmony singing at the Musica Sacra International Marktoberdorf. This album was recorded at the ensemble's final concert performance of the festival. At the Bayerische Musikakademie in Marktoberdorf, Germany.

Musica Sacra International 2000 participants:

Bulgarian Angelite, Sofia (Bulgaria)
KammerChor Saarbrücken (Germany)
Concertino Saarbrücken (Germany)
Martin Kaleschke, Stuttgart (Germany)
Estampie, München (Germany)
Imago, Cambridge (UK)
Ranjit Sengupta, West Bengal (India)
Eskesta, Universität Haifa (Israel)
OteM, Meran (Italy)
Tadashi Tajima, Tanagawa (Japan)
Sabri Brothers (Pakistan)
Vokalensemble Sirin, Moskau (Russia)
Ensemble Orientalia of Taipei (Taiwan)
Village Harmony, Marshfield (USA)


released November 17, 2014

Directed by Larry Gordon
Patty Cuyler, Laura Mae Noble, Mary Neville, Rebecca Russell, Beth Carpenter, Katie Carpenter, Belinda Marshall, Heather Wieler, Mona Lewandoski, Sara-Ann Rosen, Erika Parker, Melissa McMahon, Denise Saunders, Jon Lehman, Frank Griggs, Jordan Balagot, David Barreda, Nathaniel Damon, Nathan Morrison, Phillip Conrad



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First formed in 1993, Northern Harmony has since gained a wide reputation thru concert tours across the US, the UK and western Europe. The ensemble is part of Village Harmony, a Vermont-based world music organization that sponsors domestic & international performance singing camps, workshops and tours. ... more

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Track Name: Idumea
And am I born to die?
To lay this body down!
And must my trembling spirit fly
Into a world unknown?

A land of deepest shade,
Unpierced by human thought;
The dreary regions of the dead,
Where all things are forgot!

Soon as from earth I go,
What will become of me?
Eternal happiness or woe
Must then my portion be!

Waked by the trumpet sound,
I from my grave shall rise;
And see the Judge with glory crowned,
And see the flaming skies!
Track Name: New Jerusalem
Lo, what a glorious sight appears
To our believing eyes;
The earth and seas are passed away,
And the old rolling skies!

From the third heaven, where God resides,
That holy, happy place,
The new Jerusalem comes down,
Adorned with shining grace.
Track Name: Night thought
How can I sleep when angels sing
And all the saints on high,
Cry glory to the'eternal King,
The Lamb that once did die?

When guardian angels fill the room,
And hov'ring 'round my bed,
Do clap their wings in love to Him,
Who is my glorious head?

O! how can I inactive lie
And thoughtless all the night,
When those celestial spirits praise
The Lord with all their might?

Such joyful spirits never sleep,
Their love is ever new;
Then Oh, my soul no longer cease
To love and praise Him, too.
Track Name: Norwich
Oh, the delights, the heav’nly joys,
The glories of the place
Where Jesus sheds the brightest beams,
Of His o’erflowing grace!
Sweet majesty and awful love
Sit smiling on His brow,
And all the glorious ranks above
At humble distance bow.
Track Name: Pentonville
SALVATION! Oh, the joyful sound
What pleasure to our ears
A sovereign balm for every wound
A cordial for our fears

Buried in sorrow and in sin
At hell's dark door we lay
But we arise by grace divine
to see a heavenly day

Salvation, let the echo fly
the spacious earth around
while all the armies of the sky
conspire to raise the sound
Track Name: Rivers of Babylon
Oh by the rivers of Babylon
where we sat down,
And as we wept
when we remembered Zion...

But the wicked
carried us away in captivity
required of us a song
How shall we sing the Lord's sad song
in a strange land?

So let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight
o Farai
Track Name: Soar away
I want a sober mind,
An all sustaining eye,
To see my God above,
And to the heavens fly.

I’d soar away above the sky,
I’d fly to see my God above.

I want a Godly fear,
A quick discerning eye,
That looks to Thee my God,
And see the tempter fly.