Sunday, December 30, 2018

Nativity of the Lord - Mass during the Night

25 December 2018

Carol Once in royal David's city
Choir Peace child (Bernadette Farrell)
Carol While shepherds watched
Choir The dream of Christmas (Holst)
Carol O little town of Bethlehem
Choir C'est aujourd'hui (This is the night) (Fernand de la Tombelle)
Entrance O come all ye faithful
Penitential Rite St Gabriel (mtgf)
Gloria Christmas (Paul Gibson)
Psalm 95 Today a Saviour (Bernadette Farrell)
Gospel Acclamation Salisbury Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Profession of Faith Credo III (chant + Josquin)
Preparation of Gifts What shall we give (Catalan arr. Dean)
Eucharistic Acclamations Comfort & Joy (mtgf)
Lamb of God Christmas (mtgf)
Communion Antiphon The Word became flesh (mtgf)
Communion Night of Silence (Daniel Kantor)
Silent Night
Final Joy to the world

Once in a while the thought comes what might we add to our repertoire. The inspiration can be various: mutual admiration of Holst in the coffee queue, a new recording of French Christmas music by Gonville and Caius College. Both these led to the IMSLP website. The Holst, like a number of pieces there, is given as a manuscript - so I transcribed it. Though published I couldn't find a recording. Not top draw Holst - I suspect there is a tut from his daughter Imogen in her biography but in its fascination with the relationship between B- F and its slightly off-kilter pedal notes it was attractive enough. The Tombelle - again the whole of Noel au Village on IMSLP - was a wartime piece. It did a rough (dynamic?) translation of the French so that we would sing it in English. I thought it charming and it will be worth repeating at some point.

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