Monday, April 21, 2014

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.

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