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by Chris
Tue Nov 30, 2004 8:35 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Hymnbooks
Replies: 78
Views: 30442

PS - don't forget that hymns during the celebration of the Eucharist have usurped the place of the proper chants - so why not look at the proper chants to determine roughly what genre of hymn we might sing If I'm not mistaken - is it not the case in the Roman Gradual that the Introit, Gradual and C...
by Chris
Mon Nov 22, 2004 10:23 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Catholic Musicians - Training and Formation
Replies: 12
Views: 5016

I don't know which cathedral you're at and what your practice is but, as a Cathedral musician, can you explain why so many of our cathedrals get away with not providing "leadership in liturgical and musical matters"? When the choir sings what ought to be sung by the whole assembly does the bishop o...
by Chris
Mon Nov 22, 2004 9:32 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Catholic Musicians - Training and Formation
Replies: 12
Views: 5016

As a FT musical employee of one of our nations Cathedral, I must disagree that many of our Cathedral Musicians are not Catholic, or do not have some element of of Roman Catholicism in their background. Many of the RC Cathedral musicians that I am in contact with around the country aree indeed Cathol...
by Chris
Tue Oct 26, 2004 8:50 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Choirs v Congregations
Replies: 69
Views: 28253

Re: Musicians are people too.

any positioning of the choir that suggests that it is not part of the assembly is to be avoided, as is any location which either impedes the exercise of its ministry or prevents its full participation in the liturgy. Seems clear enough to me. If the Northern Cathedral refered to is indeed Liverpool...
by Chris
Wed Oct 20, 2004 10:52 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: breaking of bread
Replies: 17
Views: 7215

Is there a musical Agnus in the world which is short enough to accompany the fractio – when I go to Mass during week and we say "Lamb of God" it seems to accompany the breaking of bread perfectly. A verse-and-a-half of Inwood's Comm Song 3 seems to be too much. (I am prepared to be shot down.) Lo...
by Chris
Mon Oct 11, 2004 9:50 am
Forum: Core Repertoire
Topic: Sequences
Replies: 6
Views: 9101

A few years ago I transcribed the original Latin chants to the English Missal texts of the sequences for Easter, Pentecost and Corpus Christi. Each one has a congregational response, with the verses sung by cantor/ choir. On Easter Sunday I have done it with a segue (aka an exuberent fanfare!) strai...
by Chris
Thu Oct 07, 2004 6:34 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Announcing Musical Items
Replies: 9
Views: 4089

Whilst there should be no hard and fast rule about announcing hymns, lets not go as far as US parishes, where the anouncing and introducing the hymn/ song can take longer than the hymn takes to sing!!!
by Chris
Fri Aug 20, 2004 10:01 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: I'll sing a hymn to Mary
Replies: 55
Views: 23924

Am I right in believing that apart form Gloria in Excelsis hymns are a relatively new addition to the mass music repertoir? I know they were sung at devotions but I seem to recall reading/hearing somewhere that mertical hymns were not usual at Mass. Can someone clue me up? Yes, hymns in the Roman r...
by Chris
Fri Aug 20, 2004 9:43 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: I'll sing a hymn to Mary
Replies: 55
Views: 23924

Yes, but the council of Trent only codified the mass, it had been in use for hundred of years before that. Well, yes and no. The Council ordered the creation of a standard missal for use by all Roman Catholics under the bull Qui primum of Pope Pius V. Unless a diocese or religious order could prove...
by Chris
Wed Jun 30, 2004 8:03 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Morning and Evening Prayer
Replies: 7
Views: 3409

). The general point, which I have finally (sorry) reached, is that Evensong / Evening Prayer offers its attendees something different than the Mass, and can accommodate a much greater variety of form and content, whether that be Farrell, Cramner Taizé or silence. Anyway, seems worth canvassing to...
by Chris
Fri Jun 25, 2004 7:05 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Glory to God
Replies: 65
Views: 28389

I'm afraid I'm guilty of writing a Reposonsorial Gloria but the whole of it is sung heartily by all those in our Congregation who wish to. One problem of responsorial settings of the Gloria (and to some extent this is true of through composed settings also) is how to respect the structure of the te...
by Chris
Fri Jun 25, 2004 12:57 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: music servant of liturgy?
Replies: 18
Views: 9739

Perhaps saddest of all is that someone trained in the liturgy has to go outside the Catholic church to find a suitable paid post. Whilst I did managed to remain in the RC church, i did have to travel 3000 miles across a rather large pond to find such a suitable post! It is indeed a shame that so fe...