In the deepest recesses of the human heart, there is a hunger for silence and contemplation. It is toward this Silence, toward the silence which is warmed by the Presence of God, to which Interior Castles is meant to lead the listener.

Allow the music, inspired by ancient chants and hymns, to calm your spirit and lead you to that place of contemplation where even music must be silent as we obey the command, "Be still, and know that I am God." (Ps.46:10)

This tape has been made with the Kurzweil K250, K2000, and PC-88 Synthesizers. Recording engineer: Dana Talley, who suggested instrumentation for many of the arrangements. To him, and to our son Jonathan, this recording is lovingly dedicated by Sue Talley, who arranged and performed the selections. 

1. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence: "... and with fear and trembling stand,/Ponder nothing earthly-minded, for with blessing in His hand/ Christ our God to earth descendeth/ Our full homage to demand." Used in the Eastern Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, from the Liturgy of St. James.

2. Simple Gifts: "'Tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free; 'Tis a gift to come down where you ought to be..." Shaker hymn, American.

3. Of the Father's Love Begotten: "Of the Father's love begotten, ere the worlds began to be/ He is Alpha and Omega, He the Source, the ending He..." Aurelius Prudentius; Plainsong, Mode V.

4. Sheep May Safely Graze: "Sheep may safely graze and pasture/ 'Neath the watchful Shepherd's care..." by J.S. Bach.

5. Lo, How a Rose: "Lo, how a rose e'er blooming/ From Jesse's root has sprung..." A hymn based upon the popular image of the "Jesse Tree", the "family tree" of Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of David. Traditional melody, from Speier Gebetbuch, 1599.

6. Jacob's Ladder: "As Jacob with travel was weary one day/ At night on a stone for a pillow he lay..." So begins the ballad of "Jacob's Ladder," which is eventually shown to be the Cross: "Hallelujah for Jesus Who died on the Tree/ and has raised up a ladder of mercy for me!" English folk carol; words traditional.

7. Pachelbel Canon: A true "song without words," this peaceful canon is one of the most popular songs in classical music.

8. O Sons and Daughters: "O sons and daughters, let us sing! The King of heaven, the mighty King/ O'er death today comes triumphing! Alleluia!" (Jean Tisserand; trans. J.M. Neale.)

9. Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod): Charles Gounod fitted Prelude #1, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, by J. S. Bach, to the melody and words of "Ave Maria," in a later century.

10. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Reprise).

11. Pange Lingua: "Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle, /Sing the winning of the fray...Tell how Christ, the world's Redeemer/ As a victim won the day." (Plainsong; words, Fortunatus, 569.)

12. Be Thou My Vision: "Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart! Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art..." (Traditional Irish tune.)

13. Flee as a Bird to Your Mountain: "Flee as a bird to your mountain/ Ye who are weary of sin..." A Spanish tune, with obvious Moorish influence. Words refer to Jesus as the Mountain of Refuge.

14. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring: "Jesu, Joy of man's desiring/ Fount of wisdom, Light of light; Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring/ soar to uncreated heights..." (Music arranged by J.S. Bach.)

15. Ave Maria: "Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb..." (Words: St. Luke's Gospel; music: Arcadelt, with an introduction by S. Talley.)

16. Tallis' Canon: "All praise to Thee, my God, this night/ For all the blessings of the light. Keep me, O keep me, King of Kings/ Beneath the shadow of Thy wings." (Music by Thomas Tallis.)

17. Agios O Theos: "Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us!" (Words: The Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church. Music: Christopher Kypros, from his "Liturgy of Peace.")

18. How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings: "How lovely are Thy dwellings, O Lord of Hosts! My soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord! My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God..." (Words: Ps. 84. Music: S. Liddle)

19. Adoro Devote (Humbly I Adore Thee): "Humbly I adore Thee, Verity unseen..." Thomas Aquinas' conclusion, after many years of study, was that all his theology could not unveil the great mystery of God. He wrote this hymn as his final statement of faith.

20. Tone 1/God the Omnipotent: The Liturgical hymn, "O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance" is combined with the old Russian hymn, "God the Omnipotent! King, Who ordainest/ Thunder Thy clarion and ligtning Thy sword...Give to us peace in our time, O Lord!" The distinctive and joyous sound of Russian bells concludes the recording. 


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