(To play the music, you must be on the individual Weekly Music Notes page for April 9, 2020. Please click on the title above.) Music for Maundy Thursday Mozart’s Ave, verum corpus and Hymn #171–Go to dark Gethsemane I’m sure that this year the story of the Last Supper and the story of the upcoming Passion are both even more heart-wrenching than usual as we think about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The necessary prohibition of worshiping together right now is heart-wrenching as well–and one of the many reasons this is hard, of course, is that so many of the great pieces of music appropriate for today require that the choir be present singing for us. Since that is not possible right now, I’ll at least offer a recording of myself playing the accompaniment (and paste the lyrics below) to one of the best-loved settings of one of the texts often used for today–Ave, verum corpus–the setting of it by Mozart: Ave, verum corpus natum de Maria Virgine, vere passum immolatum in cruce pro homine, cujus latus perforatum unda fluxit et sanguine. Esto nobis praegustatum in mortis examine. Hail, true body born of the Virgin Mary, who truly suffered, sacrificed on the cross for man, whose pierced side overflowed with water and blood. Be for us a foretaste in the test of death. Another very poignant piece often done during Holy Week is Hymn #171 Go to dark Gethsemane. I thought I’d offer the accompaniment to that as well (again, along with the words for us to follow along): Go to dark Gethsemane, Ye that feel the tempter’s pow’r; Your Redeemer’s conflict see; Watch with Him one bitter hour; Turn not from His griefs away; Learn of Jesus Christ to pray. Follow to the judgment hall; View the Lord of life arraigned; O the worm-wood and the gall! O the pangs His soul sustained! Shun not suff’ring, shame, or loss; Learn of Him to bear the cross. Calv’ry’s mournful mountain climb There, adoring at His feet, Mark the miracle of time, God’s own sacrifice complete: “It is finished!” hear Him cry; Learn of Jesus Christ to die. Thanks for listening, and I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy–and also that we all can still find ways celebrate a joyful Easter in a few days time (even though we’ll remain apart).