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by dmu3tem
Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:58 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pipes versus digital
Replies: 94
Views: 22147

Re: Pipes versus digital

To assert, however justifiably, that digital manufacturers try and make their products look like Pipe Organs and then claim that this somehow makes them inferior is still to evade the central issue, which is that they are fundamentally different instruments. This may be a truism, but it behoves us t...
by dmu3tem
Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:49 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pipes versus digital
Replies: 94
Views: 22147

Re: Pipes versus digital

What people seem to be missing in this discussion is the central fact that Digital Organs have fundamentally different methods of sound production from Pipe Organs. The task then is not necssarily to get a Digital Organ to produce a sound similar to that of a Pipe Organ but maximise its own properti...
by dmu3tem
Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:33 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Incidental Music for Mass
Replies: 81
Views: 40011

Re: Incidental Music for Mass

Looking at the issue of Pipe vs electronic instruments and, for that matter, other varieties of keyboard such as the piano, I think the key point to realise is that you are dealing with different instruments. A digital instrument produces sound in a different way from a Pipe organ; both are differen...
by dmu3tem
Tue May 27, 2008 10:41 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: I can prove that Latin Plainchant is the preferred music of
Replies: 24
Views: 7038

Re: I can prove that Latin Plainchant is the preferred music of

We sing plainchant sometimes in our church. However, I have some difficulty with the settings provided - for example - in Laudate. (1) I find the form of notation unsatisfactory. Neumes, of course, are archaic and alien for many people and anyway less precise than 'modern' notation. The trouble with...
by dmu3tem
Tue May 20, 2008 2:11 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: 21st century music
Replies: 14
Views: 4669

Re: 21st century music

Dear Nazard, Your question is much more penetrating than appears at first sight, as Alan's reply demonstrates. If one follows his lead and thinks in terms of style and technique as opposed to merely the date at which a composition was written then it quickly becomes apparent that, not only is a lot ...
by dmu3tem
Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Ministers (lay and ordained) charging for their ministries
Replies: 27
Views: 7623

Re: Ministers (lay and ordained) charging for their ministries

Can I pick up on a point mentioned by 'contrabourdon'. He rightly observes that many Anglican churches manage to pay their musicians. In general they also find the money to pay for more facilities - choir rooms, a budget for new music etc. Indeed, I envy the resources they have in my local area. Whe...
by dmu3tem
Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:49 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Ministers (lay and ordained) charging for their ministries
Replies: 27
Views: 7623

Re: Ministers (lay and ordained) charging for their ministries

I note that so far everyone is concerned about how much people should be paid (if at all). Why not look at how the money might be raised and the implications this holds for the character of your church community. Confining myself to musicians here are some simple calculations - which of course might...
by dmu3tem
Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:58 pm
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Tips for composing and arranging music
Replies: 37
Views: 41451

Re: Tips for composing and arranging music

Thought I might try and revive interest in this thread by drawing attention to the article (by yours truly) on writing additional instrumental parts in the latest issue of Music and Liturgy. This was intended only to be a starting point; and it certainly does not cover all the other permutations and...
by dmu3tem
Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:44 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Incidental Music for Mass
Replies: 81
Views: 40011

Re: Incidental Music for Mass

Here is something rather different from that listed so far. Why not experiment with instruments in addition to the organ/keyboard? Or just have a piece of music for instruments other than a keyboard? This sunday (2nd after Easter) with the former we did a couple of slow movements from a sonata for v...
by dmu3tem
Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:23 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Two queries for my small choir
Replies: 8
Views: 2716

Re: Two queries for my small choir

Dear Angela, Following on from the last reply. If you are interested in extra repertoire why not come along to meetings of the SSG composers group where new compositions of all types are regularly shown and copies are usually doled out for free. I am sure those attending would be only too pleased to...
by dmu3tem
Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:49 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Congregational Singing
Replies: 16
Views: 6609

Re: Congregational Singing

Several points occur to me on this: (1) I doubt there is a 'fixed' way of introducing new repertoire. Much depends on local circumstance. For example, where I work the layout of the church favours using the choir as 'cheerleaders' since the organ - and therefore all the other instrumentalists and si...
by dmu3tem
Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: who does Pange Lingua?
Replies: 11
Views: 3677

Re: who does Pange Lingua?

We do it in Latin. However, in principle I have no problem with it in English, apart from the fact that the translations I have seen strike me as being unsatisfactory. Does anyone know of some really 'good' (always a subjective judgement) ones that convey something of the artistic poetry or turn of ...
by dmu3tem
Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:02 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Music & Liturgy, volume 33 number 3
Replies: 5
Views: 2240

Music and Liturgy, volume 33 number 3

With reference to the details about instrumentation in Paul Inwood's and Val Goldsack's articles (both worth reading, especially the latter), could I draw attention to the various contributions to the 'Tips for Composing and Arranging' and 'Tips for Organists' threads in the 'Sounds Off' section of ...
by dmu3tem
Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:37 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Incidental Music for Mass
Replies: 81
Views: 40011

Incidental Music for Mass

Here are some of the things I do, almost invariably at Communion (before the Communion hymn) and at the end of Mass after the final hymn. I must say I find the demands of producing two new pieces every week insatiable. The key factors for me are threefold: (1) We have a powerful digital two manual o...
by dmu3tem
Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:49 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Organists and communion
Replies: 18
Views: 4766

Paying an organist

Most interesting to see all the responses to the original question. I recently had occasion to think seriously about this myself, and to my surprise I found I had very mixed feelings. In favour of payment: (1) All the arguments put forward here about remuneration for hard skilled work (2) Envy at th...