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by nazard
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Remembrance Sunday
Replies: 14
Views: 599

Re: Remembrance Sunday

Our total list is rather different: Pre mass voluntary: Priere, A. Guilmant Opening hymn: To Christ the Prince of Peace (Narenza) Last Post, a minute's silence, Reveille Mass setting: Peter Jones' Parish Mass Offertory: O God of earth and altar (Cruger) Communion: Be still my soul (Finlandia) - I wa...
by nazard
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Remembrance Sunday
Replies: 14
Views: 599

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday is coming up, and every year I get pressurised into playing "O God our help in ages past", to St. Anne, which I personally consider to be one of the plainest and most tedious tunes to have stayed in print for very long. However, I have found this descant by Alan Gray which livens ...
by nazard
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Magnum Principium
Replies: 8
Views: 701

Re: Magnum Principium

... I would love to see an authorised metrical version of the Gloria that parishes with no musians could sing to a hymn tune. To only be used when sung. Something to Long Metre would offer plenty of scope for a variety of tunes. ... That could be a good idea if done well enough. I cannot get excite...
by nazard
Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: First communion music
Replies: 40
Views: 3571

Re: First communion music

We could easily get bitter about such things, but its just the way of things. Remember the parable of the sower. You have to spread a lot of seed to get a crop, and it doesn't all work out. Just keep on sowing and rejoice when you achieve anything.
by nazard
Sun May 21, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pentecost sequence.
Replies: 37
Views: 3370

Re: Pentecost sequence.

Sorry, it should be "Ad maiorem Dei gloriam." I am as bad at Latin as I am at music...
by nazard
Sat May 20, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pentecost sequence.
Replies: 37
Views: 3370

Re: Pentecost sequence.

I think the issue of mediocre musicians, both choirs and instrumentalists, is a very important one. Personally I find badly performed music a great distraction from prayer. I have come across people who say things like: "it doesn't matter how it sounds, so long as we make a joyful noise to the Lord....
by nazard
Thu May 18, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pentecost sequence.
Replies: 37
Views: 3370

Re: Pentecost sequence.

alan29 wrote:
Thu May 18, 2017 3:38 pm
The only excuse for making a congregation sit and listen is when something is sung exquisitely and and uses music that is beyond the capability of the assembly to whom the text belongs.
An interesting statement. How did you establish the truth of it?
by nazard
Wed May 17, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pentecost sequence.
Replies: 37
Views: 3370

Re: Pentecost sequence.

Thank you for that suggestion. I did the 'Christians to the Paschal Victim' translation from the missal to any only slightly adapted tone this year, and was very pleased with the way it went. The responses from the priest and congregation were all favourable.
by nazard
Fri May 05, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Prof Eamon Duffy on liturgical music
Replies: 6
Views: 840

Re: Prof Eamon Duffy on liturgical music

These two terms wind me up. "Performance Music" Well, without a performance music is just marks on a sheet of paper. I know a few of us can look at printed music and imagine the sound, but that is hardly what I consider to be music in the liturgy. Of course, some music is so bad that it really shoul...
by nazard
Fri May 05, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pentecost sequence.
Replies: 37
Views: 3370

Re: Pentecost sequence.

blackthorn fairy wrote:
Fri May 05, 2017 2:56 pm
As above, we use Holy Spirit Lord of light (tune Veni Sanct Spiritus - Samuel Webbe) words translated by Edward Caswall, which is in Celebration for Everyone 261. We sing it as a congregational hymn in the right place. Works well.
So do we. The congregation join in with enthusiasm.
by nazard
Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Mass translation may be revised?
Replies: 36
Views: 3214

Re: Mass translation may be revised?

...and don't get me started on 'And also with you'!! I am reminded of the priest who felt that he had suddenly become inaudible. He looked up at the congregation and said: "There's something wrong with this microphone," and the congregation replied as one: "And also with you!"
by nazard
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Mass translation may be revised?
Replies: 36
Views: 3214

Re: Mass translation may be revised?

I had hoped that this pope would leave liturgy alone, and concentrate on something else. Tinkering with the liturgy, although important, is not something that is going to bring the church into contact with the general public. It is now allowed for priests to say the Tridentine mass as they wish, and...
by nazard
Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pipe Organs and Organists - Dying out?
Replies: 31
Views: 3816

Re: Pipe Organs and Organists - Dying out?

Our organ and keyboard are connected to the same speakers through a mixer, so we can use the keyboard in trumpet voice for descants, with a second player, of course. That turns a few heads... If you are playing from a real trumpet part don't forget to set the keyboard down a tone or you will turn mo...
by nazard
Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Cremation, scattering, etc.
Replies: 7
Views: 1406

Re: Cremation, scattering, etc.

This shows a singular lack of understanding of creation. If you bury a body, it will be scattered as time goes by as a consequence of completely natural processes: digestion by bacteria and larger earth dwelling creatures, absorbtion by tree roots and fungi, etc, and in our present society the event...
by nazard
Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Choral Director Post
Replies: 16
Views: 2373

Re: Choral Director Post

With that salary I'm glad I studied engineering.