Sunday, April 27, 2014

2nd Sunday of Easter

27 April 2014

EntranceO sons and daughters
GloriaMass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Psalm 117Give thanks to the Lord (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationCeltic (O'Carroll/Walker)
Preparation of GiftsWe walk by faith (Marty Haugen)
Eucharistic AcclamationsMass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Lamb of GodLux et origo (mtgf)
Communion AntiphonBring your hand (mtgf)
CommunionNow we remain (David Haas)
FinalThis joyful Eastertide

2nd Sunday of Easter fare. Nothing too complicated.

Easter Day

20 April 2014

EntranceJesus Christ is risen today
Penitential RiteLux et origo (mtgf)
GloriaMass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Psalm 117This is the day (Haugen)
Gospel Acclamation/SequenceVictimae Paschali (mtgf)
SprinklingSprings of Water (mtgf)
Preparation of GiftsChristo resurgenti (Couperin)
Eucharistic AcclamationsMass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Lamb of GodLux et origo (mtgf)
Communion AntiphonChrist our passover (mtgf)
CommunionExultate iusti (Viadana)
FinalThine be the glory

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter Vigil

19 April 2014

The Lord is my light (Taizé)


Psalm 103
Send forth your spirit (mtgf)

Psalm 15
Preserve me, God (Christopher Walker)

Exodus 15
I will sing to the Lord (mtgf)

Psalm 18
O Lord, you have the message (mtgf)

Psalm 41-42
As the deer longs (Palestrina/Bridge)

Wisdom (Steven Janco)

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia (chant/mtgf)

Baptismal Liturgy
Springs of water (mtgf)

Preparation of Gifts
For peace (Antoine Oomen)

Eucharistic Acclamations
Wisdom (Steven Janco)

Lamb of God
Lux et origo (mtgf)
Communion AntiphonChrist our Passover

Sicut Cervus (Palestrina)

Out of Darkness (Christopher Walker)

On average it takes us about 3 years to be confident with a piece.The first year is not disastrous but it can have the tension of possibility of falling apart. The setting of Psalm 41 As the deer longs is a case in point - it has settled into the familiar as though we never had problems. Whereas Sicut cervus is at that midway point - we know it is possible and will likely achieve it but it is not in our bodies yet. There were a number of new pieces this year (an implication of planning is that the choice will be for a few years). Psalm 117/Gospel Acclamation was written as an experiment - unaccompanied and with a little choral coda which I think worked. It was at year one performance - singers are not always sure when they singing a seventh in a chord - it may sound 'wrong' but can also be what gives interest.

Returning after a long absence was the final hymn Out of Darkness. As I had previously noted we had prepared for it on the Sundays before Lent but at the Vigil we sang the Easter verses and added the descant to the refrain. Apart from noting that the refrain is a Sarabande it is also one of those sections where I am not sure the choir parts add anything to what is a strong melody (but great choir parts in the verses).

Because of circumstances it was a less confident vigil liturgically - though I suspect I may have been the only one to have noticed where things did not go to plan. I was also struck by the need to have the first reading read well - to set the pace for what follows.

We had a Reception, which in my liturgical fundamentalist mode I might query, but in reality it added an atmosphere of delight to the whole Vigil.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Good Friday

18 April 2014

Psalm 31Father, into your hands (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationLenten (mtgf)
Adoration of the CrossReproaches (Peter Jones)
Christus factus est (Anton Bruckner)
[O vos omnes (Victoria)]
Communion[O Crux ave (Rihards Dubra)]
Calvarie Mount (Tallis arr. Wood)
When I survey the wondrous cross

It is hard to know whether there were fewer people there or we took longer but we needed far less music this year. One change, because we had our violinists was my arrangement of Charles Woods' version of Tallis' First Mode melody. The second verse is in the form of a chorale prelude with the instruments weaving lines around the unison melody and then in the last verse there is a decant which can be sung by a solo soprano

Maundy Thursday

17 April 2014

EntranceFor God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential RiteUbi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
GloriaMass of Wisdom (Steven Janco)
Psalm 115The blessing cup (mtgf)
Gospel AcclamationLenten (mtgf)
Washing of the FeetA new commandment (Peter Nardone)
Preparation of GiftsUbi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Eucharistic AcclamationsUbi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of GodUbi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion AntiphonThis is the Body (mtgf)
CommunionAve verum Corpus (Byrd)
ProcessionPange lingua (Ricky Manalo)
Tantum ergo (chant)
WatchingTantum ergo (Maurice Duruflé)
Stay with me (Taizé)

The principle suggested last year of retaining much and changing c. 2 works applied again this year. Peter Nardone's short anthem A new commandment is satisfying to sing. There is a danger of taking it too quickly on the first page so that the entry of the men with the Ubi caritas chant is too rushed. In the liturgy booker which covers the three days and includes a simple commentary there was a note linking the chant with the Mass setting.

In the crypt we sang Duruflé's setting of Tantum ergo as a reflection after we had intoned the chant version. It struck me that in the 4 motets that Duruflé is exploring different ways of treating a plainchant cantus firmus. Here contrapuntally with the tenor part as a quasi-canon. For those interested in such thing the French publishers now publish a collection of French Sacred Choral Music which includes both the Duruflé motets and the Poulenc Christmas motets among other things for cost of not much more than either the above two items singularly.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

13 April 2014

EntranceHosanna (Paul Inwood)
Psalm 21My God, my God (Christopher Walker)
Gospel AcclamationLenten (mtgf)
Preparation of GiftsOurs were the griefs (Stephen Dean)
Eucharistic AcclamationsMissa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of GodMissa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion AntiphonFather, if this chalice (mtgf)
CommunionChristus factus est (Anerio)
FinalMy song is love unknown

Sunday, April 13, 2014

5th Sunday of Lent

6 April 2014

EntranceFor God so loved the world (mtgf)
Penitential RiteMissa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Psalm 129God of compassion (Scott Soper)
Gospel AcclamationLenten (mtgf)
Preparation of GiftsI am the resurrection, I know that my redeemer (William Croft)
Eucharistic AcclamationsMissa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Lamb of GodMissa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Communion AntiphonEveryone who lives (mtgf)
CommunionWhen Jesus wept (William Billings)
FinalPraise the Lord, ye heavens

We had sung Croft's Funeral Sentences at the University Choir Concert earlier in the week so the Gospel gave us an opportunity to repeat the first two. William Billings was an early American composer who wrote rugged music. When Jesus wept is a simple 3 part canon which we sang in a pretty arrangement by Peter Paul Olejar.