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by dmu3tem
Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Parish Music in an age of dwindling resources
Replies: 23
Views: 3477

Re: Parish Music in an age of dwindling resources

Picking up on some previous points and adding some more: [1] I am not sure whether 'folk' musicians necessarily have a limited repertoire. A key factor here may be that it is very much an oral tradition. However there are plenty of oral traditions with enormous repertoires of music handed down. Even...
by dmu3tem
Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Parish Music in an age of dwindling resources
Replies: 23
Views: 3477

Re: Parish Music in an age of dwindling resources

Yes, all that Paul says is true. However it should not mean that instrumental resources - assuming they are there - should not be used. Likewise, if you do have a skilled arranger/composer, then there is every reason to use them. Note that with practice such techniques can be developed and improved....
by dmu3tem
Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Parish Music in an age of dwindling resources
Replies: 23
Views: 3477

Re: Parish Music in an age of dwindling resources

Just some random observations: If you think Catholic resources (human, financial, others) are dwindling, wait till you see the Anglican church, especially in rural areas like mine (average congregation on a sunday morning where I work is about 20!). Possible solutions/blockages: [1] Belatedly the An...
by dmu3tem
Fri May 20, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Gloria
Replies: 13
Views: 3588

Re: Gloria

Small correction needed to my last message. Laudate of course gives the hymn text version only; not the more or less precise metrical paraphrase. I found this in my copy of Hymns Old and New No. 705 edited by Christopher Tambling.
by dmu3tem
Thu May 19, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Gloria
Replies: 13
Views: 3588

Re: Gloria

Are we just talking about the use of a sung Gloria at Nuptual Masses or all Masses? If the former, the problem with all congregational singing is that you are likely to have a mixture of Catholics and non-Catholics in the congregation: so there is a case for using pre 2011 texts as these will allow ...
by dmu3tem
Thu May 05, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Percussion
Replies: 12
Views: 2335

Re: Percussion

Yes, percussion can be very loud; but one should be careful not to 'throw the baby out with the bathwater'. Percussion can be handled delicately and sensitively - above all it is about 'colour' - and the variety of instrumental 'colours' it can offer is almost limitless (anyone with any imagination ...
by dmu3tem
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Laity squeezed out?
Replies: 19
Views: 4165

Re: Laity squeezed out?

Always remember that Catholic congregational singing - at least by reputation - has often not been as wholehearted as in Protestant denominations. This is especially true in the North of England; where I have encountered congregations who point blank refuse to sing or attempt to sing anything they t...
by dmu3tem
Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Mass setting by Gordon Rock/other Masses
Replies: 30
Views: 8103

Re: Mass setting by Gordon Rock/other Masses

I think the bottom line is not so much what liturgist officials in the Vatican have to say but what answers the needs of congregations on the ground. Almost certainly this is not the official Catholic position; but at the end of the day, any religion (and its associated forms of worship) must answer...
by dmu3tem
Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Mass setting by Gordon Rock/other Masses
Replies: 30
Views: 8103

Re: Mass setting by Gordon Rock/other Masses

Yes, I like the Israeli and other Gordon Rock Masses too. They are simple and user-friendly. The trouble is that, because they alter the texts, they fall foul of the 'liturgy correctness' brigade (i.e. protagonists for an 'authentic liturgy'). Fortunately, since the accession of the present Pope, su...
by dmu3tem
Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Musical accompaniment on Good Friday
Replies: 32
Views: 6850

Re: Musical accompaniment on Good Friday

St Thomas More group. Sorry not to respond before. Here are the key features: [1] Group of composers associated originally with the St Thomas More Centre for Music and Liturgy (London) in the 1980s. Included composers such as Paul Inwood, Stephen Dean and Bill Tamblyn. [2] Technical aspects of their...
by dmu3tem
Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Do not be afraid.
Replies: 6
Views: 1997

Re: Do not be afraid.

The key with hymns of this type is to arrange the accompaniment in such a way that it provides a regular pulse. This keeps everyone singing together. Technically this involves reorganising the harmony, by employing a higher proportion of inverted chords. In general, with relatively modern hymns of t...
by dmu3tem
Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Saturday evening Masses
Replies: 9
Views: 2937

Re: Saturday evening Masses

Yes, my experience of Saturday evening Masses is much as described above. [1] There is still a strong sense (inherited from pre-Vatican early morning Mass on Sundays) that this is a 'Low Mass' with little in the way of singing. In particular choirs stand at a discount. Likewise, though to a lesser e...
by dmu3tem
Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Noises off
Replies: 14
Views: 3063

Re: Noises off

I really do not see what the fuss is all about. I regularly play before and after services in both Anglican and Catholic churches. Everyone chats away quite happily during this; so, if anything, it reduces the 'concert type' pressure on me. I am just providing 'background music' with vaguely religio...
by dmu3tem
Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Musical accompaniment on Good Friday
Replies: 32
Views: 6850

Re: Musical accompaniment on Good Friday

Why not use other instruments as well as the organ? A mixed ensemble of voices and instruments offers exciting possibilities - and I do not mean Taize, St Thomas More or 'Folk' approaches. Also, why not also experiment with different types of keyboard - re-arrange the music so that you play to the p...
by dmu3tem
Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: The Holy Year of Mercy - are we doing anything?
Replies: 17
Views: 5395

Re: The Holy Year of Mercy - are we doing anything?

Yes, I have noted a lot of activity in terms of published literature; but, looking at the whole exercise very much as an outsider the following things strike me: [1] The title 'Year of mercy' I find most off-putting, suggesting a kind of 'droopiness' that I am sure is not intended. Maybe it is somet...