11 December 2011
|Entrance||Longing, trusting (mtgf)|
|Penitential Rite||Orbis factor|
|Psalm - Magnificat||My soul rejoices (mtgf)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Salisbury (Christopher Walker)|
|Preparation of Gifts||Song of God among us (Huijbers)|
|Eucharistic Acclamations||Creation (Marty Haugen)|
|Lamb of God||Advent (mtgf)|
|Communion||On Jordan's Bank (Monteverdi)|
|Final||Blest be the Lord (Bernadette Farrell)|
On Jordan's Bank is an anglicised version of Monteverdi's Deus tuorum militum from Selva morale of 1640 - I suspect you could fit many Common metre (?) hymns to it. The Gospel was also taken up by one of my favourite pieces by Huijbers - it has a lean simplicity that is beautifully crafted. John the Baptist's final appearance was in the Benedictus at the end - as I am sure I have said before I do think it is important that people sing texts such as this - even as a paraphrase.
The Magnificat setting was new and still needs a little work - the accompaniment was probably a little busy. In the refrain I repeated 'rejoice' twice - this chimed in with Gaudete - partly to give it a slight over the top feel which I think did work.
We have been singing the 3rd acclamation, Save us Saviour, for Advent. It seems to me the least successful mostly because of the ¾ bar which does not yet feel natural.