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by alan29
Fri May 26, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: I enjoyed that!
Replies: 15
Views: 1541

Re: I enjoyed that!

IncenseTom wrote:
Fri May 26, 2017 6:38 pm
With the exception of a very select few in the parish, I find that a bit of French style, highly dissonant improvisation with the organ at full pelt puts pay to that sort of enthusiasm
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by alan29
Tue May 23, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: First communion music
Replies: 40
Views: 3966

Re: First communion music

Parish schools have alot to answer for.
And so do parishes that hand over sacramental preparation and planning to schools.
by alan29
Sun May 21, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Liturgical Tourism
Replies: 177
Views: 42953

Re: Liturgical Tourism

Here we are in France again. 11 o'clock in a country town. Big ugly 19th century barn of a church half full with an ageing congregation .....only one family with kids. Good organ proficient organist with a cantor/animator up front. Everything was sung except creed and Our Father. Ordinary was a para...
by alan29
Sun May 21, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pentecost sequence.
Replies: 37
Views: 3713

Re: Pentecost sequence.

I agree with a whole lot of what Nazard has posted.
One of the greatest gifts any musician can pray for is a decent pair of self-critical ears. Without that we are sunk.
Its the ability to hear ourselves as others hear us.
by alan29
Fri May 19, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pentecost sequence.
Replies: 37
Views: 3713

Re: Pentecost sequence.

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? Like most posts here its a purely personal opini...
by alan29
Thu May 18, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pentecost sequence.
Replies: 37
Views: 3713

Re: Pentecost sequence.

If the text "belongs" to the congregation that doesn't mean they have to sing it to enter into it. I can listen to certain passages of scripture and participate in it - without reading along out loud. And surely collective congregational singing is more akin to what happens in karaoke bars? In the ...
by alan29
Thu May 18, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pentecost sequence.
Replies: 37
Views: 3713

Re: Pentecost sequence.

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. I have yet to hear exquisite choral singing in a parish in 60 years. I have heard vast quantities of mediocre, bad...
by alan29
Wed May 17, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pentecost sequence.
Replies: 37
Views: 3713

Re: Pentecost sequence.

Why not sing Caswall's 'Holy spirit, Lord of light' to the beautiful Plainsong of 'Veni Sancte Spiritus? It has always seemed to me that the translation was specifically crafted to be sung to that melody just as the usually given 'Christians to the Paschal Victim' translation of the Easter Sunday s...
by alan29
Wed May 10, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Maria Parkinson?
Replies: 8
Views: 1219

Re: Maria Parkinson?

Sometimes tunes settle to a more natural version.
I was very surprised to see scotch snaps in Take our Bread in Laudate. I have never heard them sung. And who else keeps a regular 4/4 going between the chorus and the verses.
by alan29
Tue May 09, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pentecost sequence.
Replies: 37
Views: 3713

Re: Pentecost sequence.

Joyful?
by alan29
Sat May 06, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pentecost sequence.
Replies: 37
Views: 3713

Re: Pentecost sequence.

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. That particular ...
by alan29
Wed May 03, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pentecost sequence.
Replies: 37
Views: 3713

Pentecost sequence.

Looking for a simple, congregational and above all joyful setting of the sequence.
Any pointers?
by alan29
Tue May 02, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: The theme of this Sunday's Mass is . . .
Replies: 7
Views: 1170

Re: The theme of this Sunday's Mass is . . .

Indeed. Maybe Alan's"To my mind" , and MCB's "Yes, I think this is right", is focusing on the issue. In the absence of quality catechesis it's left for us to freely and broadly interpret. It's an interesting subject and one on which guidance is required. I won't hold my breath. :lol: Or maybe I was...
by alan29
Mon May 01, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Prof Eamon Duffy on liturgical music
Replies: 6
Views: 944

Re: Prof Eamon Duffy on liturgical music

and that it was better that there should be participatory music than that there should be excellent music...... And does it therefore follow that participatory music cannot also be excellent? Or that "performance " music is therefore excellent. This is what happens when an expert in one area pontif...
by alan29
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: The theme of this Sunday's Mass is . . .
Replies: 7
Views: 1170

Re: The theme of this Sunday's Mass is . . .

Your "light" example has nothing to do with acknowledging the thematic links the lectionary compilers have striven for. That is latching on to a single word. That would be desperate indeed. To my mind it would be not very Catholic or theologically aware to pick musical materials with no reference to...