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by contrabordun
Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: (M)any takers for the old Mass?
Replies: 21
Views: 7576

Re: (M)any takers for the old Mass?

alan29 wrote:Got to say that the Durufle is one of my Desert Island picks.
Couldn't agree more. It's beautiful.
by contrabordun
Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Carols at Midnight Mass
Replies: 48
Views: 16334

Re: Carols at Midnight Mass

londonchurchman wrote:Talking of Carols, are most of you also planning a Carol service based losely on the Nine Lessons tradition? My local chuch made a valiant attempt last year, and are doing the same this year on the evening of the 23rd.

If only....
by contrabordun
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: BJHN conference speech
Replies: 48
Views: 14303

Re: BJHN conference speech

If you consider that the most popular are by Bernadette Farrell, Marty Haugen et al, I would hazard a guess at most. This is a fair point - and I'm one who likes traditional four square hymnody (probably would cite Common Praise as my ideal hymn book). In my experience, the works of these composers...
by contrabordun
Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: BJHN conference speech
Replies: 48
Views: 14303

Re: BJHN conference speech

Actually, he's not making any assumptions about what used to happen. He's commenting on what does, and what could/should happen today.
by contrabordun
Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Malurgy
Replies: 136
Views: 30704

Re: Malurgy

I suppose the implication is that, 3000 years later, the layout of Solomon's temple is not necessarily binding upon us?
by contrabordun
Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Psalm Books - any uptake?
Replies: 3
Views: 2236

Re: Psalm Books - any uptake?

We started using these in September, and after half a dozen weeks, I've got no hesitation in saying that they are splendid. The responses are picked up well by the congregation and the choir is rising to the challenge of learning a new psalm tone every week (I don’t use a solo psalmist; the whole ch...
by contrabordun
Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: A year on, what are we singing?
Replies: 79
Views: 26236

Re: A year on, what are we singing?

I have to report that progress has no been too good in this particular part of Britain's first city

But Liverpool isn't in Birmingham. At a stretch, I suppose you could say it was a suburb of Wolverhampton, but I don't see how you could say it was part of Birmingham.
by contrabordun
Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Church services and copyright
Replies: 15
Views: 5573

Re: Church services and copyright

SC, are you saying that the charitable exemption arises as of legal right or simply through the choice of the copyright holder? If the latter then every rights holder is free to choose their own policy on this, a potential minefield for people trying to do the right thing. IIRC, even the use of mate...
by contrabordun
Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: High esteem for the pipe organ?
Replies: 220
Views: 60892

Re: High esteem for the pipe organ?

a broad wobbling tremulant

Is this not the primary function of a contralto?
by contrabordun
Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: High esteem for the pipe organ?
Replies: 220
Views: 60892

Re: High esteem for the pipe organ?

All that amounts to though is the statement that 'an organist who doesn't know how to do it won't be able to' - which is not a reflection on the organ. Some fairly basic stuff goes a long way: - determine a tempo and a volume taking into account the size of the congregation (and the proportion of th...
by contrabordun
Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:49 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Greener grass?
Replies: 32
Views: 18044

Re: Greener grass?

My guess would be that for RC use, Hyfrydol ("Alleluia Sing to Jesus") is the likeliest to be known to a congregation.
by contrabordun
Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: High esteem for the pipe organ?
Replies: 220
Views: 60892

Re: High esteem for the pipe organ?

I do not agree that the amount-of-air-moved argument is handwaving — indeed, it is no more than common sense. Depends on whether you're talking about amount-of-air-moved in the sense that ultimately you need a large resonant cavity somewhere to get decently developed bass notes, or in the sense of ...
by contrabordun
Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: High esteem for the pipe organ?
Replies: 220
Views: 60892

Re: High esteem for the pipe organ?

A thorough technical discussion, easily the best on this topic that I have seen, is available at http://www.pykett.org.uk/EndOfPipeOrgan.htm#Technical . It's a lot more specific about the underlying reasons for the inferiority of digital sound than any amount of handwaving about 'amount of air moved...
by contrabordun
Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:19 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Missal tones
Replies: 7
Views: 3169

Re: Missal tones

This is what I use (horse's mouth and all that) http://www.icelweb.org/musicfolder/openmusic.php
by contrabordun
Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Some questions for composers
Replies: 7
Views: 7546

Re: Some questions for composers

Don't be too sad - your question was specifically addressed to 'composers': I doubt I'm the only one of your hundred or so to have read it, mentally wished you well, looked forward to hearing about what you find, but (on the basis of lifetime Opus count of zero) did not feel qualified to answer... :D