The first piece for this series comes from one of Elizabethan England’s finest composers, Thomas Weelkes, who was organist at Winchester College, and then at Chichester Cathedral. This piece depicts the joyful acclamation of the crowds as they welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem, waving their palms.
Weelkes – Hosanna to the Son of David
The second piece I have chosen for today is instrumental and more contemplative in nature, written by the French 19th Century composer, César Franck. Amidst the celebrations, we are all too aware of what is to come over the course of the following week. It is a positive piece, but one tinged with elements of melancholy.